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Worker Receives Five-Figure Settlement For Loading Accident

09 December 2016

stack of tyres being transported by worker

A worker involved in a lorry loading accident that resulted in a fractured wrist was awarded a five-figure settlement.

Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Alicia Townsend is an associate, specialising in personal injury law at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Sheffield.

Settlement: Five-figure settlement.

What Happened: Our client was working for the defendant loading some tyres on to a lorry. The standard practice was to use a pair of scaffolding planks to roll the tyres up into the back of the lorry.  As our client walked up the plank to load the lorry, the plank slipped and he fell to the ground and fractured his wrist.

Impact: He returned to work, but was only able to do light, office-based duties. 

Medical evidence was obtained from a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who confirmed that our client had suffered an undisplaced fracture to his left wrist. He was in plaster for four weeks and a splint for two weeks. 

He had some rehabilitation treatment but continued to experience a weakness in his wrist. A scan revealed early arthritic damage as a result of the injury and there was a 60 to 70 per cent chance of surgery being required in the future.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: We covered the initial cost of the scan and incorporated the costs of future treatment, rehabilitation and potential loss of earnings whilst recovering from future surgery within the financial loss calculation of the claim. 

Decision: An offer was made to the defendant prior to the commencement of court proceedings, which was not accepted. Court proceedings were subsequently commenced and a revised offer was made by the defendant, which was accepted.  Our client recovered a five figure settlement sum and his legal costs were also paid.

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