Postman's cycling accident leads to £9,500 damages settlement


Simpson Millar won compensation for a CWU postal worker after the chain on his delivery bike snapped and he was thrown heavily to the ground.

Biking Accident

In October 2011, a postal worker, was using a Royal Mail cycle for his round at Fordham, Essex.

As he left a delivery address at Mote Road, the bike's chain snapped and he was thrown to the ground.

Landing heavily, he sustained a fractured left shoulder, 20% of which symptoms were deemed to be permanent when he later attended Colchester General Hospital. The postal worker also injured soft tissue in his right knee and was forced to take time off work.

To aid diagnosis, we arranged an MRI scan. Instructed by his union, the CWU, we submitted a claim to the Royal Mail Group alleging a failure in its duty of care within the Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations 1998. This claim was underpinned by a previous legal decision against The Post Office.

Clearly the bicycle's chain had been defective, and was therefore a direct cause of the postal worker's accident. Liability was admitted by the defendant and personal injury compensation was settled at £9,500.

"I was very happy with the professional legal advice I received from Simpson Millar and how they kept me updated on a regular basis," said the postal worker after the case concluded. "I would definitely use their services again and I would highly recommend them."

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