David’s accident at work settles for £25,000 (Larne)
David was employed as a factory worker in Larne when he was involved in an accident at work. His role involved installing engines into vehicles and he carried this out on a raised platform. He was tapping a pin into a mechanism with a rubber hammer when he lost his footing and fell down the steps of the platform. The fall was about 10 feet. Immediately after, he was suspended from work whilst the Health & Safety Department investigated the incident.
As a result of the fall, David suffered a fractured wrist. Upon his return to work, he was interviewed by his employers. He noted that during his time of, the factory had replaced the platforms with a safer alternative that used a lift instead of stair access. Despite the injury healing, David noticed ongoing pain and tightness that especially interfered with heavy lifting. David, believing he was entitled to compensation contacted us with a view to claim.
The factory denied liability for the accident
We issued a letter of claim and had our new client examined by an orthopaedic surgeon. An MRI scan was done on David’s wrist and the results were consistent with his ongoing symptoms. It was felt that he would continue to experience pain, tightness and weakness in the wrist going forward. The employer denied liability on the basis that David chose to undertake a task which was not on his agenda for the day of the accident. They also alleged that he failed to follow procedures in place.
We issued High Court proceedings, however close to the trial date the employer inviting us to settlement negotiations. They offered £15,000 which was rejected. They went on to offer £20,000 which was again rejected. A final offer of £25,000 was made which was accepted.