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18 January 2017
A worker whose hand was crushed in an accident at work was awarded a five-figure settlement for loss of earnings and rehabilitation.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Jennifer Maloney is a principal lawyer specialising in serious injury claims at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.
Paul Tapner is a principal lawyer specialising in serious injury claims in Cambridge.
What Happened: Our client was employed by Northampton Theatre to provide maintenance and manual handling of the seating system. Our client was one of a seven-man team engaged in the re-siting of seating units within the theatre. The seating unit is manoeuvred using air castors and the body weight of seven men. Due to the alleged negligence of his colleague, our client’s right hand became crushed between the moving unit and the concrete pillar.
Impact: As a result, our client suffered a severe crush injury to all four fingers of his right (dominant) hand, three of which required amputation. The only functional use remaining in our client’s right hand was a pinch grip between his thumb and little finger. The stumps of the three amputated fingers are so short as to be of no functional use. The pinch grip is significantly weakened from the injuries sustained to the little finger. In addition, the Claimant developed osteoarthritis in the base of the right thumb which also limits his function. In due course the little finger is likely to become immobile, and may suffer significant pain because of osteoarthritis.
Our client was unable to work for four months. He also required care and assistance with ordinary daily activities.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: Upon instruction, we visited our client at his home to take witness statements to support his claim. We then obtained supportive medical evidence. The defendant denied liability but we were able to reach an out of court settlement for our client following a joint-settlement meeting. Our client was compensated for his injuries and was able to have his golf clubs and motorbike handles modified so he could continue with these hobbies.
Decision: A settlement of £57,000.
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