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29 October 2015
A worker has recovered £85,000 compensation after he injured his ankle when he fell from a ladder.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Lorraine Finney is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Derby.
Settlement Value: £85,000
What Happened: Our client was required to climb a ladder at work. He had been outside for some time and his boots were wet and muddy as a result.
The defendant company however, failed to provide any mats for him to wipe his feet on before climbing the ladder.
As he descended the ladder he slipped and injured his right ankle.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: Liability was admitted soon after Slater and Gordon sent the defendant a letter of claim but allegations of contributory negligence were made.
A robust denial of any contribution from our client resulted in the defendant company admitting liability in full.
Proceedings were issued against the defendant. When they initially offered our client just £12,000 to settle the claim, Slater and Gordon advised him to reject the offer and proceed with the claim.
The claim eventually settled for seven times the original offer. Matters were further complicated as our client was subject to an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) which meant we had to liaise with his insolvency practitioner regarding the Court proceedings and the split of damages.
Impact: Our client underwent an ankle fusion operation and was unable to return to work for a significant period of time. Fortunately, he has now returned to work.
Decision: £85,000 damages were recovered and our client was able to satisfy his IVA following a creditor’s meeting and use the balance of his damages to start a new chapter in his life.
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