£25,000 compensation for postal worker injured at work
We have successfully settled a compensation claim
for a postal worker whose injury in the workplace
effectively ended his career and any prospects of finding further work.
Our client suffered severe shoulder, neck and back injuries
when he lifted an overweight mail bag from a conveyor belt. Although a worker with many years’ experience, our client did not expect the bag to be so heavy and immediately felt acute pain. He had to return home and saw his GP the same day, who advised a month off work and prescribed painkillers.
After his month off, our client did return to work for several weeks but his back, neck and shoulder pain made it clear that he was unfit for his previous duties. Once again, he was signed off work by his GP and remained off work for the following six months, despite having started physiotherapy
and keeping regular GP appointments.
At the end of this period our client was made redundant
from his job as a postal worker.
Also during his time off he developed a frozen shoulder and his neck pain left him with limited head movement
. He was unable to enjoy his hobby of gardening and withdrew from his active social life. A thorough medical examination just over a year after the workplace injury
found that our client had developed rounded shoulders, was in constant pain and was at greater risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
. It was the doctor’s opinion that even with intensive physiotherapy our client would not be able to return to work, even on light duties – by this point he found even lifting shopping bags to be painful.
The doctor concluded that our client’s injuries
were ‘wholly attributable to the incident.’
It was our case that Royal Mail had failed to provide a suitable and safe system of work
and had ignored the foreseeable risks. Also, the mail bag carried no ‘overweight’ warning
– after the incident it was found to be double the acceptable weight
The employers at first rejected the case
, but when presented with the evidence
that our client had suffered permanent soft tissue injury in the workplace
and was very unlikely to work again, the case was settled for £25,000
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