£75,000 in compensation has been awarded to a lorry driver whose finger was partially amputated whilst unloading a vehicle.
If you have been injured at work because your employer failed to keep you safe from harm, call Imperium Law on 0800 633 5730 to discuss making a claim.
Compensation claim example:
Mr L an HGV driver from Aylesbury, was delivering steel tubes on behalf of a metal company when he suffered an injury because an incorrectly stacked bundle of metal fell off his vehicle as he began unloading.
Circumstances of the accident:
Upon arrival at his delivery destination he unstrapped the band securing the load. A steel bundle fell off the vehicle which caused the partial amputation of his index finger and other damage to his hand.
Making a claim:
Due to the extent of his injuries Mr L decided to contact a solicitor to make a claim for compensation against the metal company who had contracted his services and loaded his vehicle.
Investigation into his claim proved that the company loading the vehicle was at fault.
Liability was accepted and the matter was passed over to the metal works insurers, Mr L was offered £10,000 to settle his claim.
The amount was refused and the matter was taken a step further.
A medical report was produced by a specialist hand surgeon which advised that Mr L had lost muscle strength and his grip had been weakened by the accident. It showed that his job prospects had been affected becuase he could no longer take on work that required heavy lifting.
Compensation payout agreed:
After further negotiation a settlement and payout of £75,000 was agreed in compensation for his injuries.
If you have been injured and would like to find out about making a claim, call one of our injury lawyers on 0800 633 5730.
Workplace accidents – employer liability.
As an employee you have the right to be protected from harm at work.
It is your employer's responsibility to:
- keep the workplace safe.
- maintain all machinery in good working condition.
- make repairs to equipment where needed.
- provide correct training on the use of equipment.
- provide safety equipment such as protective clothing.
- follow health and safety guidelines.
- assess the working environment and make any changes needed to keep employees safe.
If you have been injured at work in an accident caused by for example your employer's failure to follow health and safety guidelines or failure to supply you with correct safety equipment, you are entitled to make a claim against them for compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work find out about making a claim by calling 0800 633 5730.