This isn’t a work of fiction. It’s one man’s story about a dramatic change in his life that happened in a few seconds and will last a lifetime. He was working with his teammates when James took a blow to the head from a 15-pound tool. The bump suggested the need for a medical check, where he was told it was just a concussion and he’d be fine.
The outgoing, well-mannered and confident man is turned into somebody with migraines, sudden bursts of anger, self-doubt, self-loathing and extreme depression. His personality changes from the date of his accident, but the agency responsible for making industrial injury payment refuses to admit that the brain injury is due to his accident. They say the resulting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not connected, and therefore no compensation is due. He wasn’t fine—and the next seven years were a nightmare of litigation and medical reports in a fight to get financial restitution for this industrial accident.
Although James tries to work to bring money in, Dr Diamond convinces him that he has to stop working or his health will decline. His ever-supportive wife Anna works all hours— and her supporting the family single-handedly is another cause of his depression.
James receives what is his by right with help from Dr Diamond, a lawyer and a landlord. His family are supportive, his wife superhuman, although their relationship suffers, and James has to learn to be a househusband while Anna works. He still suffers, but he survives.
This is an up-front and honest telling of a depressingly familiar story. The fat-cats of bureaucracy use and discard workers’ rights. If you like the idea of social justice winning out against the odds, this is a book for you. Recommended.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.