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Nursing assistant seeking £1.8m damages after workplace slip

Nursing assistant seeking £1.8m damages after workplace slip

An accident at work that left a nursing assistant with severe neck and back injuries has led to a seven-figure compensation claim being lodged.

According to the Peterborough Telegraph, Michelle Lay is taking legal action against the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust on the basis that her health problems were caused by a fall at the authority's mental health unit in May 2004.

The 39-year-old's case at the High Court is based around her allegation that her continuing injuries are the result of her slipping on a spillage of leftover food while she was unloading a food trolley at the hospital and landing on her coccyx.

Ms Lay claims that she struggled with excruciating pain in her lower back in the aftermath of the accident and eventually had to leave her job at the NHS body because of incapacity in January 2006.

Four months later, the woman had surgery to fuse part of her cervical spine and after initially lodging a damages claim of up to £100,000 against her former employer in 2007, she has now amended this to £1.8 million on the grounds the trust is also responsible for her neck injuries.

Due to her health problems, Ms Lay says she has been unable to work for lengthy periods of time and is no longer able to carry out the heavy manual tasks that form a large part of being a nursing assistant.

In the High Court, the claimant described the incident to Judge Martin McKenna.

"I literally went up in the air - I slipped and went up and landed on the base of my spine and then I slipped backwards and hit my head on the trolley. I lay on the floor and I called for help and nobody came," she stated.

The NHS trust is disputing the size of the claim on the grounds that Ms Lay's neck issues pre-dated the accident and Judge McKenna has delayed judgement on the case until a later date.

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Posted by Francesca Witney