20 July 2009
Worker issued compensation after suffering near-fatal blood clot
A woman whose working conditions caused her to suffer a blood clot which nearly killed her has been successful in her bid to secure a payout.
As a result of the clot, which formed behind her knee, administrative assistant Angela Lamberton will have to take medication for the rest of her life.
The 53-year-old, who worked at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), had warned her bosses that she needed to take walks every 15 minutes because she had already suffered a similar clot five years before.
However, her concerns were ignored and the amount of time she had to spend sitting at her desk increased as a result of a new routine under which employees did not have to get up to complete printing or photocopying.
Ms Lamberton, whose compensation package is said to have been substantial, stated: "Now I will be on medication the rest of my life and the fear that I will develop another blood clot will always be with me."
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for HMRC - which deals with tax collection and administration - said that the organisation takes the wellbeing of employees "very seriously".