04 December 2012
Ex-theatre worker seeking £300k for serious back injury
Compensation of up to £300,000 is being sought by a man left wheelchair-bound after an accident at work.
According to the Bath Chronicle, Philip Martin sustained life-changing injuries while working for the Natural Theatre Company at the firm's premises in Widcombe, Somerset, in October 2009.
At the time of this incident, Mr Martin was attempting to move a pair of speakers weighing in excess of 60kgs from a goods lift with a homemade trolley with no handles when he felt pain in his back.
He subsequently visited his GP and was prescribed physiotherapy, osteopathic treatment and painkillers but the pain worsened significantly in the months after the incident, to the point where he had to be taken to hospital in January 2010 because he could not get up off the floor.
The 56-year-old was then told he had suffered a compression of the spine and he therefore now has to rely on a wheelchair or Zimmer frame to get around, despite the fact he underwent surgery to remove bone fragments from the affected area.
Mr Martin was then made redundant from his job and, because he is unable to walk or stand unaided, can no longer take part in activities and hobbies.
The writ served on his behalf to the High Court claims that the Natural Theatre Company breached a number of health and safety laws, meaning he is entitled to a compensation sum of between £200,000 and £300,000.
For instance, Mr Martin believes the company did not make sure its floor surfaces were in a safe state and also did not give him adequate training to complete this task.
The organisation declined to comment when contacted by the news source and the case continues.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas