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Compensation for IT Technician After Workplace Arm Break

01 February 2016

person with broken wrist in sling

A personal injury compensation claim award was agreed after an IT technician broke his arm when he fell down a staircase at work.

Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Matthew Tomlinson is a senior personal injury solicitor at Slater and Gordon in Sheffield.

What Happened: Our client was employed as an IT technician with the defendant. On the day of the incident his manager instructed him to carry a large server – weighing approximately 32kg – downstairs to a lower floor at the premises.

As our client was carrying the server down the stairs he was unable to see where he was placing his feet, and subsequently lost his footing and fell.

Impact: Our client suffered two fractures to his left forearm and needed surgery to pin and plate the broken bones.

He underwent further surgery to remove the plate 12 months after the accident. He also suffered with soft-tissue injuries to his left knee, lower back and left hip.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: Initially the defendant raised arguments in respect of contributory negligence with regard to our client’s alleged failure to take sufficient care for his own safety.

We robustly disputed that there should be any deduction for contributory negligence and through negotiation we managed to ensure that the defendant accepted full liability. This meant that our client retained 100 per cent of the compensation he was awarded.

We also ensured that the insurers facilitated our client’s treatment and rehabilitation in accordance with the Rehabilitation Code.

We ensured that the medical evidence relied upon was from an expert consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in upper limb injuries.

Decision: Our client was delighted with the final result and said he was pleased he could finally put matters behind him.

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