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21 July 2015
A man injured after falling down a set of stairs at work received £80,000 in damages after being told he had developed post-traumatic arthritis.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Simon Alexander is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.
Settlement value: £80,000
Simon's client was working as a production operative manufacturing building materials, and was part of a team making a concrete cast. In order to reach certain parts of the 8 feet high cast, he had climbed a wooden staircase next to it.
As Simon's client began to climb down the stairs, he slipped on the surface, falling straight down onto the concrete ground below.
He took the full brunt of the fall and was taken by ambulance to hospital where X-rays revealed he had fractured his elbow in two places and also fractured his wrist.
He was placed in a plaster cast and, although he was in a lot of pain, the assumption was that, like most broken bones, the injuries would heal and he would return to full fitness.
How Simon helped: Simon was instructed to act on behalf of his client, who initially seemed to have made a good recovery and returned to work shortly afterwards.
Simon sought further expert medical evidence and, upon examining scans and x-rays of the man's arm, medical experts discovered signs of post-traumatic arthritis. This meant that, at some time over the next 10-20 years, he will require both fusion of the wrist joint and a complete elbow replacement.
Simon said the injury means his client will in the future begin to suffer significant pain and discomfort, will be unable to carry out the type of manual work that he has done to date, and will be out of work and lose earnings due to the surgery he will inevitably need.
“This case underlines the importance of seeking specialist advice as soon after an injury has been sustained as possible,” said Simon. “Compensation claims can only be settled once, and had my client not bothered to pursue the claim when he did, then he would potentially have been left without damages for the future complications that he will face.
“I hope this settlement will help him as he makes plans for the next few years of his career, and enables to him concentrate fully on his recovery, as opposed to worrying about his future financial security.”
Decision: After the man’s employer admitted liability for the incident, Simon settled the claim on behalf of his client in the sum of £80,000.
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Tuesday 10th November 2015