01 April 2009
Compensation of £400k awarded to mechanic after workplace accident
A man has been awarded a payout of £400,000 after suffering injuries while at work.
Alexander Darg was checking an airbag fault at Limehouse police station in September 2002 when he suffered damage to two fingers on his left hand.
A knife had been left wedged between the two front seats and caused him to sustain lacerations.
The 39-year-old was worried that he may have contracted HIV and began experiencing complex regional pain syndrome - a condition which is thought to affect an estimated 11,500 people in the UK, according to figures cited by the NHS.
Although he has since proved negative for HIV and the injuries to his hand have healed, Mr Larg has been unable to return to work.
During a recent high court hearing, Judge Sir Robert Nelson ruled that the former mechanic's suffering is genuine and ordered the Metropolitan police to pay £400,000 in compensation, as well as £100,000 in legal costs.