£154,600 Compensation for Manual Handling Accident at Work
An Accident at Work Claim Case Study - Client Situation
Our client was working at a retail store as a supervisor when she was injured in an accident at work.
As part of her job, she had to move and unload heavy delivery cages. As she unloaded one cage, it tipped and fell with full force on top of her right arm and wrist, before falling onto her left foot.
Several of her colleagues had to lift up the cage, which she later found had been overloaded to double its normal weight. She was then taken to hospital by ambulance.
Her injuries had several lasting consequences. For example, she couldn’t drive at all for about 8 months, and due to her continuing pain, she struggled to drive a manual car for some time afterwards. As a result, she had to buy an automatic smart car and other aids to make it easier for her to get around.
She was also unable to return to work, and while she wanted to find a suitable job as soon as she could, she was left nervous and fearful for the future, particularly given the uncertainty caused by Covid-19.
Before the accident at work, she had hoped to have a long career with her employer, as she enjoyed her job, the company was doing well and she was aiming to be promoted to assistant manager. But due to her injuries, this was no longer possible.
How We Helped
Melanie Burden, Solicitor and our Head of Serious Injury Claims, agreed to help her make an accident at work claim against her former employer, acting on a No Win, No Fee basis. The case was handled by Melanie and Gulderen Salih, Associate Chartered Legal Executive.
They arranged for our client to undergo an independent medical assessment, so a medical report on her condition and prognosis could be prepared.
The report concluded that her injuries included multiple fractures, cartilage tears and chronic pain. The workplace accident was also found to have had some psychological consequences for our client, including depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Due to her injuries, our client had to attend several medical appointments and undergo various recommended therapies and treatments, with some degree of success.
Gulderen also assessed the likely financial impact of the accident on our client. This included her loss of income since the accident occurred, as well as the amount she possibly could have earned had she achieved her the promotion at work that she’d been hoping for.
Our assessment also looked at the cost of care and treatment she has received since her accident.
With this information, Gulderen accurately valued the claim, so it fairly reflected the severity of what had happened to her, and the longer term impact on her life.
We approached her former employer with the details of the claim, and they accepted responsibility for the accident itself. However, they disputed the extent of her symptoms which had been caused, despite the injuries she suffered and the surgery which was required.
So while the case didn’t need to go to Court, it meant further negotiations were needed to ensure our client received a fair compensation settlement.
Following further negotiations with her former employer, we secured a compensation payout of £154,600 for our client.
This will help to cover our client’s predicted future financial losses while she remains unable to work, as well the cost of her future care needs and therapy she has undertaken, including cognitive behavioural therapy.
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