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Food Worker Receives £100,000 After Workplace Crush Injury

16 March 2016

hand wrapped in cloth

A personal injury compensation claim award was agreed after a man suffered a serious injury to his hand when it was crushed in an accident at work.

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

Settlement Value: £100,000

What Happened: Our client was checking a cage full of trays containing frozen chickens. He was using a scanner to access the barcodes. 

When he went to lift a tray up with his left hand whilst using his right hand to scan the products, the tray unfortunately slipped and dropped causing severe crush injuries to his hand. 

Impact: Our client sustained nerve and bone damage which caused ongoing problems. He had to have surgery to correct the damaged nerve and fuse his injured wrist. 

His injury caused him permanent restrictions related to reduced grip strength, cold intolerance and issues with dexterity and fine manipulative tasks. 

How Slater and Gordon Helped: Our client was not accessing the right medical treatment via the NHS. 

His claim enabled a wrist specialist to become involved who provided advice in respect of further surgery he will need. 

The surgery will provide him with an increased range of movement and use of his injured wrist and hand as well as a much better quality of life going forward. 

Decision: The claim was resolved by way of negotiation before trial much to our client’s satisfaction. 

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