Six-Figure Compensation For Scaffolder’s Fall From Height
13 January 2017
A severely injured worker received a six-figure settlement following a workplace accident when he fell 30-feet from scaffolding.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Tracey Benson is a senior associate specialising in person injury claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
What Happened: Our client was working as a scaffolder when he slipped off a roof and fell approximately 30 feet to the ground. The safety net had been removed.
Impact: Our client sustained very serious physical and psychiatric injuries. He had a head injury resulting in severe scarring to his head and face, severe orthopaedic injuries and cognitive difficulties arising from a combination of head and psychiatric injuries.
He was unable to return to work in the construction industry where he had worked all his life, and has since been unable to work.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: We helped our client with physical and psychiatric rehabilitation and obtained interim payments along with expert evidence in the fields of neurology, neuropsychology, orthopaedics and psychiatry. We also arranged for him to have a personal injury trust, set up by our private client team, so that his benefits weren’t affected.
There were two defendants who denied responsibility for removing the safety net, but ultimately agreed to pay 50 per cent each of the claim.
Decision: Settlement of £350,000.
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