What happened after this Warrington postman was injured at work?
A 59-year-old postman who was hurt
when he tripped over a large step while working has successfully claimed for personal injury compensation.
The postman, who was making a collection from a company
in Warrington, fell over the step and suffered ligament damage
to his left ankle and bruising and grazing to his left arm.
Forced to Take Time off Work
With his symptoms ongoing, the worker was forced off work for nearly 2 months.
Simpson Millar LLP's Misty Cawley, who acted for the postman on instructions from the Communications Workers Union (CWU)
said, "our client was collecting parcels during the course of his duties as a ParcelForce driver
. He had collected the parcels at the property and turned to go out the door when his foot caught on the doorstep".
Step Became A Danger
We wrote to the firm, a wireless technology company, alleging that it had failed to draw the postman's attention to the hazard
, causing the step to become and remain a danger. Because of this the company was deemed to have failed in their duty of care
towards the postman.
For a long time the company denied responsibility for the accident
. Misty recalls, "it maintained that it had erected appropriate warning signs within its premises. However, with our help, the postman was able to secure witness evidence
to show this was demonstrably not the case".
Misty added that the witness evidence enabled the claim to be brought to a successful conclusion
. "Clearly the step constituted a hazard," she continued, noting that no warning signs were in place at the time of the accident.
Although the company had bought the warning signs some time before the accident, none had been displayed
Praise for Simpson Millar LLP After £5,000 Award
Following the compensation award of £5,000, Misty concluded:
"This case demonstrates the importance of witness evidence
and how important your comments may be to another person's personal injury claim."
Our client praised the "friendly, professional way" in which his case was handled. "I was kept up to date every step of the way. I would certainly use their services again
, and I recommend them to friends and family", he commented.
Since the accident the firm has erected a warning sign
on the step.
Top Tips to Take Away
- Companies have a duty of care towards others attending their property legally
- Witness evidence remains immensely important in personal injury claims