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A worker from Sheffield has received £22,000 in compensation following a falling accident at work.
The man, from Gleadless, ended up with a broken wrist and shoulder injuries after tripping over a pallet left on the floor in December 2011 when he was making a delivery. The boxes he was carrying at the time crushed his hand causing extreme pain.
He said: “I landed so heavily on my wrist that my hand seemed to be hanging from my wrist, it was excruciating”. The man’s employers consequently admitted liability for the accident.
The man has had to reduce his working hours and has been told the damage is permanent despite having two operations and 8 months of physiotherapy. The pain is still present although he has regained more movement in his wrist.
In addition to his own physical disabilities, the man has been finding it hard to look after his disabled wife, who suffers from a back condition meaning she is dependent on a wheelchair.
His wife and daughter now have to help him with everyday tasks and he is no longer able to enjoy his fishing and golfing hobbies.
The man says he is pleased that the settlement has been agreed and that he hopes he and his family can now move on from the experience.
He added: “I also hope my experience is a stark reminder for other businesses that things like this can have a massive impact on people’s lives. I don’t want anyone else to suffer like I have because a company didn’t prioritise health and safety.”
If you have suffered as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
Contact Jefferies’ no win, no fee solicitors on our national accident helpline above or complete our quick online enquiry form. One of our team of experienced specialists will get in touch to discuss your prospect of claiming for accidents or injuries, in confidence.
Published on 16th February 2015.