Back to Legal Industry News

Paralysed man to seek compensation?

Paralysed man to seek compensation?
Compensation may be sought by a building contractor who sustained life-changing injuries during an accident at work.

Paul Blanchard was left paralysed from the chest down when he fell through a skylight on a barn roof at Southorpe Farm in Lincolnshire in July 2010 after he was contracted to replace roofs there and at Northorpe Grange by Loates Brothers.

The 56-year-old had completed the work at Northorpe Grange without any problems but fell a distance of around four metres through a fragile panel at Southorpe Farm to the floor below.

Mr Blanchard suffered a broken back and 18 fractured ribs - as well as a punctured lung and serious head injuries - and was therefore put in an induced coma for three months and had to be kept in hospital for a period of six months.

As a result of the severity of his injuries, the man is now wheelchair-bound and an investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Loates Brothers was liable for the accident.

The body established that the company had failed to assess Mr Blanchard's suitability for the project and subsequently permitted the work to be carried out in an unsafe environment.

Despite the fact a proper risk assessment had not been carried out, the work was allowed to go ahead and the HSE's analysis also revealed the company did not put in place any protective measures to mitigate the effects of a fall at either Northorpe Grange or Southorpe Farm.

During a case heard at Lincoln Magistrates' Court, Loates Brothers admitted breaking Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was therefore fined £20,000.

Following this hearing, Mr Blanchard commented: "My injuries have been very hard to come to terms with, not just for me but my wife Jenny as well. We're still having to change the way we do things, even now, more than two years on."

Contact our accident and injury solicitors on 0800 916 9046 or email if you would like advice on any personal injury matter

Posted by Trusha Vyas