16 December 2008
Man seeks nearly £1m for workplace injury
A man who was injured while attempting to unload scaffolding poles from a truck is seeking compensation of nearly £1 million.
David Hargreaves went over on his ankle and broke it while working on a building site owned by house building firm Barratt, which was established in 1958 in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The 44-year-old is now said to be seeking £977,744, which includes £480,000 for lost earnings and £184,000 for home help for his family.
Barratt had initially admitted liability for the accident, which occurred in June 2005, on the basis that his claim would not be worth more than £15,000.
Medical reports obtained by Mr Hargreaves, however, suggested that the injury he suffered will leave him unable to work again or to provide sufficient care for his disabled wife and child.
The company will defend itself against the claim at a hearing, the date for which has not yet been set.