A cyclist left disabled and unable to work after his back was fractured in a collision with a car has received compensation after help from his trade union.

Gordon, aged 62, from Crewe, had to give up his job of 20 years as a fitter / turner for Bombardier after the accident on Chester Street in Crewe.

The accident was the first Gordon had in 40 years of commuting to work by bike. He was knocked off after a car hit him as he attempted to negotiate a roundabout.

He was taken to hospital on a spinal board where he was told he had suffered two stable fractures to his back. The accident has caused a permanent curvature of the spine which has left him disabled.

Gordon hasn’t been able to work since the accident. His injuries mean he finds it difficult lifting heavy items and cannot sit or stand for long periods of time. He has received intensive physiotherapy but is still in a great deal of pain.

Thompsons Solicitors made claim for compensation

Following the accident he contacted his trade union, Unite the Union, which instructed Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a claim for compensation.

The driver of the car admitted liability and Thompsons was able to settle the claim out of court for a five figure sum.

Gordon said: “I’d cycled to work for over 40 years and never once had an accident because I’m a very careful cyclist. I’d waited at the roundabout to allow cars to pass before setting off when the road was clear, but this car came out of nowhere and there was nothing I could do.

“I’ve found it difficult knowing I won’t be able to return to work. My job was heavy work and physically I’m just unable to cope with it now. It’s a huge frustration and disappointment.”

Paul Finegan from Unite the Union added: “Gordon was an experienced member of his union and has been badly injured as a result of this accident. We are pleased our trade union legal services have been able to support him during this difficult time.”

Donna Simcock from Thompsons Solicitors said: “Gordon enjoyed his work and hoped to continue working for a number of years. This accident cut short his career. He is now limited in the type of jobs he can do at a time of his life when he should be making retirement plans. The level of compensation reflects his serious injuries and also the earnings and pension he has lost now and in the future.”