Peter's work accident claim settles for £50,000 (Lisburn)
Peter was involved in a serious workplace injury when he was employed as a tree surgeon. He was standing on a fully extended ladder using a chainsaw to cut tree branches when one of the branches crumbed causing him to lose his balance. He fell forwards and landed heavily on his left ankle. The injury was so severe that the ambulance brought him to a hospital where he underwent surgery involving wound wash out, internal fixation of the medial and lateral malleolous with repair of the attachment of the anterior talofibular ligament and reconstruction of the ankle joint surface. He was left with permanent surgical scarring.
Peter contacted Paschal O’Hare Solicitors
Peter did a search on Google for experts in the field of personal injury law and chose this firm. Initially Peter’s employer denied liability on the basis that he was not wearing a safety harness at the time of his accident. However, it was alleged by Peter that his employer condoned a practice whereby members of staff routinely did not wear harnesses when working at height. As a result of the denial of liability High Court proceedings were issued. When Peter returned to work he took photographs that showed his colleagues routinely working at height without harnesses. A report was obtained from a Consulting Engineer which was supportive of Peter’s case. Prior to the hearing at the High Court, negotiations took place and the case settled for £50,000 plus High Court costs.
Speaking about his experience, Peter stated: "From start to finish Paschal O'Hares were excellent. Easy and fast access in communicating with them through the App, which I thought was brilliant. Patrick had my 100% confidence in him from the very first phonecall from his reassuring and professional approach. The case itself could not have gone any smoother, they literally had every avenue covered. Very impressed with Paschal O'Hares and I appreciate the hard work and determination this law firm has provided me. Highly recommend."