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Six-Figure Settlement For Lecturer Facing Amputation After Fall

08 August 2016

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A university lecturer was awarded £500,000 in damages following a fall at work that left her needing an amputation.

Slater and Gordon Lawyer: Tracey Benson is a senior associate and head of employer liability at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

Settlement: £500,000

What Happened:  Dr Carol Adams had recently recovered from knee replacement surgery when she fell on some bags of waste material that had been left out of sight behind a door at Middlesex University.

Impact: Dr Adams suffered injuries to her knee and, three weeks later, was rushed to hospital after her knee became infected. Considerable damage was done to her quad tendon and following failed attempts at surgery, she was informed by doctors that she would require an amputation. Dr Adams has since been confined to a wheelchair and suffers debilitating pain in her leg.

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How Slater and Gordon Helped: We were able to help by securing rehabilitation for Dr Adams, along with adaptations to her home. By bringing an accident at work compensation claim we successfully obtained interim payments, which allowed her to receive part of the full compensation settlement before the final judgment was reached, ensuring security for her future.

Decision: A settlement of £500,000.

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