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Five-figure settlement for workplace chop saw amputation

18 July 2017

A worker who lost his finger using a faulty chop saw received a five-figure settlement for treatment and rehabilitation.

What happened: Our client was at work using a chop saw. When he attempted to release the safety guard it did not return to cover the spinning blade. As he moved his right hand he caught his thumb and index finger on the spinning blade and suffered a significant injury.

Impact: Our client suffered lacerations to his right thumb and an amputation to his index finger. In addition, he had to undergo stump revision surgery for a further 18 months. He developed psychological symptoms after the accident, including stress symptoms, mood and sleep disturbance and social withdrawal.

He was absent from work for an initial period and again whilst he was recovering from the subsequent surgery. 

How Slater and Gordon helped: The defendant, our client’s employer, had been on notice of a problem with the chop saw prior to the accident. We obtained an interim payment for the stump revision surgery and arranged the treatment and subsequent rehabilitation. In addition, in view of his psychological symptoms, we also arranged the relevant cognitive behavioural therapy.

Decision: Our client recovered a five-figure settlement sum and his legal costs were paid by the defendant.

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