Paschal O'Hare Solicitors | Paschal O'Hare Solicitors - Caroline's Accident at Work Settles for £15,000 (Ballyclare) | Belfast - Northern Ireland
Trustpilot

Caroline's Accident at Work Settles for £15,000 (Ballyclare)

Caroline's Accident at Work Settles for £15,000 (Ballyclare)

Caroline was working as a carer in Ballyclare and was sent to sit with a male patient in their home. Upon arrival she noticed that the patient was significantly taller and heavier than she is. At one stage during the visit she had to help the patient stand up from his chair. As she assisted him from the seated position to the standing position, the patient instinctively grabbed hold of Caroline’s arm to pull himself up. She felt an immediate throbbing pain in her upper arm that later developed into a persistent pain in her shoulder. Although injured and in pain, Caroline was thankful that the patient wasn’t hurt. Caroline assured the patient who was feeling guilty that it wasn’t his fault but instead placed blame on her employer.

Caroline contacted Paschal O’Hare Solicitors

As a result of her injury, Caroline repeatedly attended physiotherapy and also had an MRI scan. Upon taking on her case, we had her further examined by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. The expert reviewed Caroline’s medical records and identified that although she did have some pre-existing injuries, the recent accident was the cause of her symptoms. We were provided with a medical report to assist us on progressing with the case.

We initiated a claim for compensation against Caroline’s employer however they denied liability. They claimed there was no negligence or breach of any statutory duty on their part. In response we commenced with High Court proceedings and commissioned a report from an independent nursing consultant to use as evidence. The report concluded that a safe system of work was not in place for the moving and handling of the patient. In addition, the moving and handling risk assessment plan prepared by the employer was not being implemented properly by them.

Caroline’s employer remained hostile towards the idea of settlement

Even armed with this overwhelming evidence, our attempts to negotiate with the employer broke down quickly. As a consequence we prepared the case for trial. However, in response to this the employer became more open to the possibility of settlement and we successfully negotiated £15,000 in compensation for our client. Caroline was pleased with the outcome but also grateful that it prompted changes at her work that would ultimately remove unnecessary risk to her patients.  


If you had an accident like Caroline, we may be able to help you too. Click here to learn more about our services or contact us for a free, no obligation enquiry.

What the NHS says about Caroline's injury 

Shoulder Pain

Case Studies

Laura's Trip Claim Settles for £40,705 (at sea)

Read more

John's Car Crash Claim Settles for £16,250 (Antrim)

Read more

Caoimhe's Trip Claim Settles for £22,000 (Carrickfergus)

Read more

Laura's Trip Claim Settles for £40,705 (at sea)
John's Car Crash Claim Settles for £16,250 (Antrim)
Caoimhe's Trip Claim Settles for £22,000 (Carrickfergus)

We have more online reviews than any other law firm in Northern Ireland.

Our App

With our specially designed app, clients have the option to be updated by their solicitor throughout the entire claim process. You can message us with answers or queries and even attach photographs to help speed up your case. The app is also loaded with a fully functional secure & encrypted document signature feature.

Claim Calculator

Costs

All initial enquiries are completely free of charge allowing for the opportunity to determine if a claim is possible before committing. Should a claim proceed, our final bill is recovered from the third party's insurers.

"No Win No Fee" is not permitted in Northern Ireland. However, some clients may be eligible for legal aid or legal expenses insurance.

Blogs

The MOT test checklist

Read

Road Accidents: A conflicting version of events

Read

What to do if you spot a hazard at work

Read

Blogs

The MOT test checklist
Road Accidents: A conflicting version of events
What to do if you spot a hazard at work
Copyright © 2019 Paschal O'Hare Solicitors. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Website by Elm House Creative
T: 028 9031 3613
F: 0845 384 9496