29 October 2012
Electric shock to lead to compensation settlement
Life-threatening injuries sustained during an accident at work have led to a bricklayer being granted the right to seek compensation for his ordeal.
According to the Dorset Echo, Keith Watson suffered serious burns when he struck a mains cable while working for Paul Rookes at the stable owner's premises in Weymouth in 2009.
Due to the severity of the electric shock, the 50-year-old's t-shirt was set on fire and even though he managed to douse the flames himself, he was badly burned and had to be put in an induced coma at Salisbury General Hospital in the aftermath of the incident.
During this accident, Mr Watson was constructing a wall on the farmland in order to prevent the donkeys being kept on the premises from wandering out onto a nearby main road.
Previously, work had taken place to put up food stores in the area and, unknown to the bricklayer, the electrical cabling had been put back in the ground closer to the surface than usual.
Consequently, Mr Watson hit one of the cables after hammering a pin a short way into the ground, leaving him with internal injuries, pneumonia, deep vein thrombosis and carpal tunnel syndrome as well as his burns.
He subsequently took legal action against Mr Rooke on the grounds of negligence and, following a hearing at the High Court, it has now been decided the labourer is eligible to receive a damages settlement.
Furthermore, Mr Watson required skin grafts after coming round from his coma and his legal representatives believe he may have only survived due to the fact he has a muscular frame that helped absorb the electricity.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas