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£200,000 for Worker Who Fell From Scaffold Tower

20 August 2015

Scaffolding Tower

Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Rachel Hall is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Derby.

Rachel handles a wide variety of complex and serious personal injury claims and is an expert in cases involving employer’s liability, public liability, occupiers’ liability and road traffic accidents.

Rachel has successfully negotiated claims arising from both workplace accidents and industrial diseases including repetitive strain injury, dermatitis, vibration white finger and chest disease.

Settlement Value: £200,000

What happened: Rachel’s client was installing lighting when the scaffold tower he was using toppled over causing him to fall and injure his shoulder.

The claimant required surgery to his shoulder and is likely to require a shoulder replacement operation in the future.

How Rachel helped: Liability for the accident was initially contested but Rachel managed with further negotiations and the obtaining of evidence, to secure an admission of liability.

Proceedings were issued against the company who were in administration. Rachel’s client was concerned about his future given the risk that he would require surgery.

There was a dispute with regard to the prognosis for his injuries but selection of an appropriate and well regarded expert put us in a good position.

Impact: Although Rachel’s client returned to work within a few months of the accident, he required further time off work following his surgery.

His work and leisure activities were restricted and he was unable to return to heavy manual work above shoulder height.

Decision: Significant damages were recovered. Settlement was achieved following a joint settlement meeting.

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