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Machinist Awarded £175,000 Damages for Serious Arm Injury

15 March 2016

Knitting machine

A personal injury compensation claim award was agreed after a machinist suffered significant injuries to his left arm 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: £175,000

What Happened: Our client was working on a knitting machine during the course of his employment with the defendant. 

The machine unexpectedly started to operate due to a defect, which caused our client’s left arm to be dragged into the machine. The machine was isolated, but he remained trapped for nearly two hours. 

Impact: Our client sustained a de-gloving injury and significant wounds to his left forearm which required numerous operations to reconstruct the arm using steel k-wire fixation. 

He was left with permanently reduced grip strength, permanent hot and cold sensitivity and extensive scarring. 

How Slater and Gordon Helped: Liability was admitted. Reports were obtained from experts in the field of plastic surgery, hand surgery, and psychiatry.  

An unsuccessful joint settlement meeting took place before further negotiations led to the claim settling. 

Decision: The claim settled by way of negotiation for £175,000. 

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