A £2 million compensation sum has been awarded to a builder after he sustained life-changing injuries during an accident at work.
The unnamed 38-year-old suffered multiple broken bones as well as a severe head injury when he fell a distance of 80 feet while working on a project for Laing O'Rourke Construction - a global firm established more than 30 years ago - in Newcastle in 2006.
During this incident, the employee was working on an unsecured scaffolding platform at the city's Royal Victoria Infirmary and a case at London's High Court heard that he may still need his legs amputated due to the severe damage inflicted on them.
His former employer has been ordered to grant a lump sum of £2 million in damages, followed by annual payments of £45,000 from his 45th birthday, rising to £105,000 ten years later and £150,000 a decade thereafter.
Mr Justice Royce labelled the incident a "terrible accident" and praised the man for his "immense courage, fortitude and determination".
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Posted by Francesca Witney