Compensation Awarded to Client Following a Back Injury At Work
Our client has been awarded £5,000 in compensation following a crush injury to his back sustained as a pipe 50ft in length and 4ft in diameter fell on him at work.
Failures in Following Procedure
Our client was employed as a driver and was working on a site with two other colleagues. The accident occurred when our client was stood waiting to remove a sling from some large pipes. He was in the process of removing the sling when another colleague decided to try to remove the sling using the digger. This is a procedure that was not permitted.“I could see the pipe rocking and I shouted out to try to prevent my colleague from letting it rock any further.”“Before I could get out of the way, the pipe dislodged and landed on top of me.”
Our client suffered immediate pain and was taken to hospital as soon as the pipe had been lifted from him.
Advanced Degenerative Disease
Our client continued to experience symptoms of the crush injury to his lower back. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the client suffers from a degenerative disease in the lumbar spine. The crush injury to his lower back has caused this disease to show its symptoms earlier, and the advancement of his symptoms has been brought forward by 1 to 2 years.
Emma Ginley, our Associate specialising in Personal Injury Claims
commented that; “the client came to us 3 months before the limitation period was due to expire. Because of this, it was crucial to work very quickly to gather evidence and prepare the case whilst the Defendant investigated.”
The client said, “I didn’t think I would be able to claim so I am really pleased that I did not miss out as I would have been time barred had I left it any later.”
Emma says that, “It is important that people are aware that they can claim compensation if they suffer an accident at work that isn’t their fault. Our clients case highlights the importance of this as the symptoms of his disease have as a result been brought forward by 1 to 2 years.”