Sadly, the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed that there were 111 fatal injuries at work in Great Britain in 2019/20. This is however a decrease of 38 from the previous year and is the lowest annual number on record....
Our client contacted us via our website, following an accident at work which had resulted in an injury, he had been injured in a warehouse during the course of his employment. Our client, who had been employed by the defendant for 2.5 years, had alighted his electric picker truck in order to pick some specific items. Unfortunately whilst doing this our client was hit by a fellow employee who was on an electric picker truck, which he was unable to stop. It was later accepted that there was nothing mechanically wrong with the picker truck and that the accident occurred due to human error, the person driving it having had insufficient training.
Our client was unable to get out of the way of the picker truck, which was capable of speeds of up to 15 mph, and as such was knocked backwards by the truck, sustaining injuries to his chest, abdomen, back and upper legs. He did not lose consciousness.
Our client had previously been advised by his union and another firm of solicitors, but 5 months after the accident was frustrated by the lack of progress and that is when he approached Stephensons after reading about our personal injury claims solicitors on our website.
Our experts quickly put the other side on notice of the claim and after an initial denial of liability it was accepted that they were at fault and steps were taken to have our client medically examined by an orthopaedic medicolegal expert for the purposes of assessing his injury and any ongoing problems.
The injuries sustained by our client meant he was unable to work for about 5 months, and during that time his personal activities were also curtailed. He couldn’t walk his dog, attend the gym or do much around the house. He was also forced to postpone driving lessons and a trip abroad.
However, he had some improvement after around 5 months which enabled him to return to work, and slowly return to his previous levels of activity. He remained troubled intermittently with lower back pain, which was of a low level disturbance.
After some negotiation damages were agreed at £6638.05 which included loss of earnings.