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07 October 2016
An apprentice received a four-figure settlement after suffering serious burns in an accident at work due to a lack of protective equipment.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Alicia Townsend is a chartered legal executive and personal injury solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Sheffield.
Settlement Value: Four-figure settlement.
What Happened: Our client was using a pressure washer to steam clean some car parts. He had not been issued with his own personal protective equipment in the form of wellington boots. Instead, there was a locker with various sizes of boots which were used by various employees.
As he cleaned the equipment by repeatedly passing the jet of hot water and steam over the part, hot water and steam penetrated through the upper part of the foot of the boot.
Impact: Our client suffered severe scalding to his foot.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: The defendant stated that our client was issued with his own wellington boots, but was unable to provide evidence to support this.
We obtained the purchase order for the wellington boots that were supplied by the defendant, which was dated almost two years prior to the accident, and also confirmed that the eight pairs were purchased in male common sizes. In addition, the defendant was unable to provide a signed document in support of the provision of personal protective equipment to our client.
As liability was denied, court proceedings were issued, but the defendant’s lawyers made an offer of settlement before the case came to trial.
Decision: Our client accepted a four-figure settlement.
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