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Donald was left with a permanent disability after an accident with a machine in his job as a sheet metal worker. After he contacted us about making an accident at work claim, our experts worked hard to secure him more than £120,000 in compensation.
|NAME OF CLIENT||Donald|
|AGE||60 years old|
|INJURY SUMMARY||The Claimant was involved in an accident at work while feeding a sheet of metal into a machine and his hand was crushed in a roller.
He was left in excruciating pain and has suffered a permanent disability as a result. Liability for the accident was conceded by the employer.
|CASE RESOLUTION||Case settled in May 2016 and claimant awarded £120,450|
While working as a sheet metal worker at an engineering firm, the claimant was involved in an accident with a machine, crushing his hand and leaving him with permanent injuries.
The claimant and colleagues were using a rolling machine with no safety equipment and no emergency stop facility. The claimant was at the rear of the machine while another colleague fed a sheet of metal, with another stopping and starting the machine.
It was too heavy to lift out so he offered his help to a colleague. The machine operator pushed the button but pushed it the wrong way, causing the rollers to advance the opposite way, pulling in the claimant’s hand and crushing his fingers and hand. He then reversed the sheet so Donald’s hand was crushed twice.
From the initial medical report, the case was thought to be a small tissue injury, but as the case progressed, it turned out the claimant has damaged the nerves in his hands and had suffered a permanent disability as a result.
Crystal Collins, Claimant’s Solicitor at Jefferies Solicitors, said: “The proper safety procedures were not in place when Donald was operating the machine, and this failing caused substantial injuries.
“The claimant was left in excruciating pain and suffered severe injuries to his hand, leaving him unable to hold anything or close his hand. He is still in ongoing pain and has to regularly visit the hospital. He was unable to work in engineering again, instead choosing to take up gardening on a self-employed basis. Donald has a positive outlook on life and has adapted his gardening tools to be able to work in gardening, which he enjoys.”
Liability was accepted by the employer, Goodland Engineering based in Tonbridge, Kent, which has now closed down.
Jefferies Solicitors settled the case for £120,450. Donald was very pleased with the outcome of the claim and admission of liability from the employer.
Jefferies Solicitors is experienced in handling claims relating to all serious injury and has specialist departments in handling claims for accidents in the workplace, medical negligence and personal injury.
Established for over two decades, Jefferies Solicitors offers a nationwide service across the UK from its Cheshire headquarters. Providing expert advice in a number of legal sectors, Jefferies Solicitors also works on a ‘no win, no fee’ approach.