Sarah's Accident at Work Claim Settles for £6,250 (Lisburn)
Sarah was fetching meal ingredients whilst at work for the catering company that employed her. As she did so, a colleague was placing trays into a trolley which caused it to move slightly, activating the sensor to the door of a nearby chill room. As the door opened, it struck Sarah's foot injuring two of her toes.
Sarah Contacted Paschal O'Hare Solicitors
Sarah decided that she wanted to pursue a work accident claim. We contacted the catering company on her behalf, however they denied liability for the accident. Subsequently, we issued legal proceedings.
A joint inspection was carried out by consulting engineers retained on behalf of both sides. The report from our consulting engineer clearly indicated that the door arrangement was unsafe and that a safety rail should have been extended to cover the area where the sliding door opened into. This would have prevented Sarah’s foot coming in contact with the moving door.
We also obtained a report from a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who diagnosed soft tissue injuries to Sarah's toes. The initial report indicated that the symptoms should resolve in the coming weeks or months. However, as the weather became colder following the accident, our client noticed pain in one of her toes which was only intensified by working in cold environments. An updated report was obtained and this indicated that the symptoms had not resolved in the time frame noted.
Sarah had to wear a single thermal sock in work to work
The matter was listed for hearing and the insurance provider of Sarah's employer indicated a willingness to negotiate a settlement. We entered negotiations and the case settled in the sum of £6,250.