23 August 2012
Postal worker granted £550k compensation
A six-figure sum of personal injury compensation has been awarded to a man who sustained serious leg injuries during an accident at work.
According to Cambridge News, postal worker Andrew Hutcheson suffered severe crush injuries to both of his legs when the stationary van he was in was hit by another vehicle in November 2011.
The 59-year-old was sorting through parcels in the back of the van for his employer Parcel Force when the other vehicle struck it, with the impact of this collision causing him to sustain two broken legs.
Due to the severity of his injuries, which were deemed to be life-threatening at first, Mr Hutcheson was kept in hospital for a period of three months and he subsequently took legal action to claim damages for his ordeal.
Mr Hutcheson is planning to use the sum of £550,000 he received to pay for him and his 67-year-old disabled wife Rose to move to a specially-adapted home from their current second-floor residence in Eynesbury.
Speaking to the news source, Mr Hutcheson said all he remembers from the incident itself is feeling a "thump".
"The next thing I knew I was on the side of the road being attended to ... I was rushed to hospital, where they saved my life and then rushed to another hospital where they did their best to put my legs back together," he noted.
Mr Hutcheson went on to explain that he is an avid collector of TVR sports cars and hopes to be able to pick up his hobby again at some point in the future.
"I can now walk a few steps using a walking frame and can drive using hand controls, but it will be another year before the doctors know how much movement I'll get back. Whatever happens, I'll have a permanent disability," he added.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas