Accident at work case studies
Slater and Gordon has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of accidents in the workplace. Some of our recent cases are below:
Wrist Fracture - £940,000 compensation
A man who fractured every bone in his wrist in a freak accident at work has received more than £940,000 in compensation after being told he will never be able to work again.
The man, from Manchester, was initially in two minds about taking legal advice and bringing a claim against his employer, but after his contract was terminated only a matter of weeks after the accident he felt he had no choice.
“My client, who was in his 40s at the time of the incident, had his career ended by what at first seemed a relatively innocuous fall,” said Polly Herbert of Slater and Gordon.
“Before the accident my client had worked all his life and had accumulated skills and experience which meant that he could command a substantial salary. But since he was injured, his options have been massively reduced and the financial hardship he and his wife were placed under has been enormous.”
The defendants in the case – the insurers of his employer – initially offered to settle the claim in full for just £70,000, before increasing their offer to £500,000 in 2012.
“Both of these offers – whilst appearing substantial on paper – failed to take into account the long-term hardship my client and his family would be subjected to by his inability to work at the level he had previously done and the care and support he now needs due to his injury,” said Polly. “After securing expert reports to highlight the severity of the injury, we were able to demonstrate the full extent of what he’d been through and negotiate a settlement of just over £940,000.
“My client maintained that he would gladly give up whatever compensation we secured for him to have his right arm - and his old life - back,” said Polly. “Nevertheless this substantial amount of damages will enable him to access support on a private basis that would not be available to him on the NHS, and investigate new avenues of rehabilitation to help rebuild his life.”
Scaffolder receives £150,000 for permanent injuries to his elbow
A scaffolder who suffered permanent injuries to his elbow and wrist when he fell from an unsecured ladder at work has received £150,000 in an out of court settlement.
John Foley, a workplace accident specialist at Slater and Gordon, said the Berkshire man, who is in his 40s, was in the process of descending scaffolding at a building site in West London where a block of flats was being refurbished when the incident occurred last year.
“Access to the ground from the first floor level of scaffolding where my client was working was via a 13-foot metal ladder,” said John, a solicitor with the firm. “But unbeknownst to him one ladder had not been properly secured to the scaffolding by the firm he was contracting for, and when he placed his foot on the top rung to climb down the ladder slipped. He fell more than two metres to the ground.”
“But despite several months of physiotherapy treatment, my client has not been able to return to work. He continues to suffer significant pain and stiffness in both his wrist and arm and he remains unable to fully flex, extend or rotate either his left wrist or his right elbow without considerable discomfort,” said John.
“My client has been told that the pain in his left wrist is likely to worsen over time and will remain permanent unless he opts for further surgery which will leave him with a permanent stiff wrist joint but no pain,” added John. “In addition, he has been left with a permanent restriction of his right elbow. It is extremely unlikely that he will ever be able to return to scaffolding or indeed any kind of manual labouring job involving heavy lifting.”
After liability was admitted by the defendant’s insurer, John settled the claim on behalf of his client for £150,000 in December 2013.