Cormac's Work Injury Settles for £8,000 (Belfast)
Cormac was working in a bank when he slipped on spilt tea or coffee on a flight of stairs he was walking down at the time. As he fell the 4 or 5 steps to the bottom he instinctively grabbed onto the hand rail and landed on his tail bone before continuing to fall to the bottom of the stairs.
As a result, Cormac suffered an injury to his shoulder and tailbone, also known as the coccyx. He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital by ambulance where an X-ray was taken. He was also referred fir physiotherapy. Doctors initially believed that the new patient had fractured the shoulder and tail bone but upon closer inspection of the X-ray it thankfully confirmed that he was suffering from soft tissue injuries.
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A friend of Cormac recommended to him that he contacts us to discuss the possibility of claiming for his injuries. We took instructions from him and determined that due to the stairway in question being accessed by bank employees only, he had a strong case for compensation.
We sent a letter of claim to our new client’s employer and liability was quickly admitted by the insurance provider of the bank. To progress the case, we had Cormac examined by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who reviewed the original X-rays. The consultant confirmed there was no fractures and that the soft tissue injuries should heal in around 6 months. It was also acknowledged that Cormac suffered in quite a bit of pain in the immediate 6 to 8 weeks following the fall. This information was provided to us in a medical report.
The medical evidence was served on the defendant and negotiations commenced. The insurer initially offered £6,000 in compensation which we rejected. Upon further negotiations, we settled Cormac’s case in the sum of £8,000.