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Prison Officer Receives Damages for Workplace Knee Injury

15 January 2016

staircase in prison

Slater and Gordon Expert: Gabrielle Allen is a Litigation Executive at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Sheffield.

What Happened: Our client was employed by the defendant as a prison officer. Whist climbing a prison staircase, he slipped and injured his left knee.

Our client believed shower gel had been spilt on the stairs by prisoners.

Impact: Our client’s injury exacerbated pre-existing degenerative changes. He subsequently required arthroscopic surgery as well as extensive physiotherapy on his injured knee. He was unable to work for a number of months as a result of his injury and, during this time, he was unable to kneel or climb stairs. 

How Slater and Gordon Helped: Slater and Gordon obtained medical evidence from an Accident and Emergency Consultant and an Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon. We also compiled a schedule of financial loss.

The defendant denied liability for our client’s accident. We held the opinion that there were fair prospects of success in the matter and so instructed counsel to advise on liability in conference with a view to issuing court proceedings.

Counsel agreed with our assessment of liability and court proceedings were issued against the defendant.

Decision: Slater and Gordon made a Part 36 offer to settle which took the litigation risk into account. Through negotiation with the defendant we settled the matter prior to trial for an undisclosed sum. Our client was very happy with the result.

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