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01 July 2016
An asbestos worker was awarded damages when their employer neglected to provide protective clothing, which resulted in permanent scarring to their hand.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Gemma Jessop is a chartered legal executive at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Sheffield.
Settlement Value: Four-figure settlement.
What Happened: Our client was employed to work as part of a team removing asbestos from a school. He was not provided with protective gloves, and whilst he was carrying out this work he cut his hand on a shard of broken glass. The glass had come from a window which, unbeknownst to our client, had been broken earlier in the day by another colleague. The accident could have been prevented had the broken glass been cleared away properly in the first instance, and if our client had been provided with protective gloves.
Impact: Our client suffered a nasty cut to his hand, and was left with a scar as a result.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: Liability in this case was admitted swiftly, and the defendant made an offer to settle the claim without obtaining medical evidence. The offer was initially rejected by our client, and we intended to obtain medical evidence to support the value of the claim, together with details of his financial losses, including loss of earnings from being unable to work.
Decision: The defendant then increased their offer and our client was happy to accept the four-figure sum in full and final settlement of his claim.
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