16 November 2012
Fireman seeking £150k compensation after accident
Compensation of more than £150,000 is being sought by a part-time fireman who sustained a serious back injury during an accident at work.
Robert Anderson still has to take painkillers after an incident in which he tripped while getting out of a fire engine in Dunoon, Argyll, in 2009 and required treatment for lumbar pain at the Cowal Community Hospital and the Inverclyde Royal Hospital.
In his legal papers lodged at the Court of Session, the 49-year-old claims that the injury resulted in him losing his part-time job with engineering firm Storie because he could no longer complete his duties, as well as having his contract with the fire service terminated.
At the time of the incident, the professional claims he was dismounting the vehicle in a "prescribed fashion" but hurt himself because Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service had put a stop gap repair in place on the door.
"His foot caught on a section of trim from the door of the fire appliance which was loose, such that he lost his balance and fell to the ground landing heavily on his back," his writ noted.
According to the Scotsman, Mr Anderson still has to take medication and have painkilling injections and is not able to carry out "heavier household tasks" such as gardening.
In addition, his injury has also had a negative impact on his social life, as he can no longer swim or play football.
"The pursuer's accident injuries have caused him considerable difficulties in his relationship with his wife to the extent that they separated for a period of three months which greatly distressed the pursuer," his papers added.
With this in mind, Mr Anderson is seeking damages of £150,000 to cover loss of earnings and his pension entitlement.
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Posted by Francesca Witney