A slow road to healing
TWO YEARS ago, on his 20th birthday, Bryce Carlinsky woke up from a coma after the taxi he was travelling in was crushed by a collapsed M1 bridge.
He had to go through months of intense physical therapy to regain the ability to walk after he was hit by the debris from the collapsed bridge.
The accident happened six days before his birthday. To celebrate his birthday this year, he wants to forget all about the accident for a few hours.
“To celebrate this year, I am going to the Migos concert to forget about the accident. I just want to have fun,” he said.
Carlinsky, who lives in Auckland Park, went back to work a few months after being discharged from hospital but his body is still healing from the trauma he suffered when he was trapped in the front seat of the taxi.
As he could not cope with his workload any more, Carlinsky now works only four hours a day instead of eight. “I wanted to resign but I just had to endure. I need to work.”
Now, he doesn’t use taxis anymore and instead relies on his family members to drive him to work or uses a bus.
On his health, Carlinsky contracted pneumonia and a throat infection when he got out of the induced coma, said he was feeling better physically.
“I do have a lot of problems when the weather gets cold. Even a simple thing like flu affects me badly. Three weeks ago, I had bronchitis from the pneumonia.”
Carlinsky still goes for physiotherapy and monthly check-ups. He also claims that Murray & Roberts stopped paying his medical expenses when he got a lawyer to speak to the company on his behalf.
“He (the lawyer) just notified Murray & Roberts that he was my lawyer, and that is when the communication from them stopped. I wasn’t suing them.
“My lawyer just told them that if they need to notify me of something, they must notify him too,” he said, adding that he was struggling to pay his medical costs.
Murray & Roberts admits it stopped paying his medical bills in June 2016. “The reason why we cannot pay Bryce’s medical bills anymore is that his lawyer has instituted a legal claim against us.
“Therefore in law it will be in conflict of this legal process if we are providing him with financial assistance for his medical bills while being sued by the same person. The letter we received from his lawyer was not mediation – it was a legal claim,” said Murray & Roberts spokesperson Ed Jardim.
Jardim added that the company also wants the hearing to be concluded as soon as possible.
“The Murray & Roberts board is disappointed by the slow pace that is delaying closure of this distressing incident for all the parties involved,” he said.
Carlinsky is also unhappy with the slow pace of the hearing. “I am very disappointed and concerned that it is taking too long. They are trying to make people forget about what happened.”
Regarding the second anniversary of the accident, Carlinsky said he was just thankful to be alive.
“I want this to be resolved as soon as possible. I think about the people who lost their lives during that traumatic time. We need to do more to make sure they get justice,” he added.