02 July 2009
Head injury victim to be awarded compensation
A former truck driver and factory operator who suffered brain damage when he fell into a skip is to receive compensation that may total over £1 million.
Idris Smith was working at the premises of LC Window Fashions when the accident occurred in August 2004, WalesOnline reports.
The 57-year-old grandfather's head injuries caused his personality to change in a number of ways.
He began to display verbal aggression, low tolerance and poor memory. In addition, he had reduced concentration.
Although the company's insurers admitted liability, it disputed the amount of compensation that should be awarded.
However, during a high court hearing in London, Justice Cranston ruled that Mr Smith was entitled to the full amount of loss of earnings claimed to the age of 65.
In addition, it was decided that he would be entitled to the cost of moving to a more suitable house and to remuneration for support worker and case management hours.
In 2007-08, a total of around 299,000 reportable injuries were sustained by UK workers, figures produced by the Health and Safety Executive suggest.