CWU Member Wins £4,230 after Accident at Work Caused Dislocated Finger


Hand InjuryA CWU member has won £4,230 from Royal Mail after a tripping accident at work caused her to suffer a dislocated finger.

The postal worker was on duty when she tripped over a letter tray that had been left in an aisle by a colleague. She fell and banged her right hand on a wall mounted radiator.

As a result of the accident, the postie suffered significant pain and dislocated her little finger. She had to take 10 days off work due to the pain and discomfort caused by the accident.

The CWU member went to hospital and to her GP, who advised that she would suffer a permanent deformity to her finger affecting her grip. This would have a significant effect on the lady's life and make her job difficult, because as a post woman for Royal Mail she was required to grip a number of post bundles all at once.

She made a reasonable recovery from the injury after 6-9 months and her workplace changed the procedure for storing letter trays. Staff at Royal Mail had spoken of the floor often being cluttered with letter trays, and these are now stored in containers away from the floor.

The CWU, on behalf of the postie, initiated the claim for compensation and approached Simpson Millar for advice.

Initially, Royal Mail alleged that the lady was partially to blame for her accident. We rejected this and providing medical evidence in support of the claim.

We were then able to successfully negotiated compensation payment of £4,230 which our client accepted.

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