Council workers across the UK have been advised to seek legal advice in personal injury following a rare £60,000 case in Nottingham.
This year, landscape gardener Andrew Bowler was awarded £60,000 after his solicitors successfully argued that excessive use of vibrating tools had permanently damaged his limbs.
Once employed by Nottingham County Council, 51-year-old Andrew Bowler worked with vibrating tools on an almost daily basis over a period approaching thirty years.
As a result, he now suffers from the condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome, which can lead to a variety of symptoms, including numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers and/or damage and weakness to the muscle tissue of the hands.
The condition had affected his ability to do the hobbies he loved such as tending to his garden and DIY, in addition to this he can now only work for three days a week.
Mr. Bowler was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in 2008 and after surgery failed to correct the condition, he was informed that he would probably suffer with the symptoms for the rest of his life.
But this month, Mr Bowler was awarded £60,000 in an out-of-court settlement with the council. And fellow workers within the public, and private, sector have been advised to seek advice when injured in the workplace.