31-year-old Laura Fermor from Perthshire has been awarded hip injury compensation after suffering injuries during a charity march. Ms Fermor sustained her injury whilst taking part in a fundraising march on Hadrian’s Wall back in 2008. She commented, “I had intense pain from both hips. I received physiotherapy for months, but due to my commitments as a troop commander, and our impending deployment to Cyprus for a UN tour of duty, I was unable to do much else except manage the best I could with painkillers.”
Later, she had her right hip replaced in an operation in 2012, followed by her left hip in an operation in 2013. The Ministry of Defence chiefs paid out compensation to her for her right hip, but contested the claim for her left hip, claiming it was ‘not service attributable.’ She appealed and was later awarded hip injury compensation.
She said, “It is laughable as it is an identical injury that required identical treatment. I will require surgery throughout my life as the implants wear out and need replacing again. There are things I will never be able to do again, and life will not be the same for me. I am now unable to run, which for a previously highly active person, who enjoyed cross-country, swimming and playing rugby, is very hard.”
Claiming compensation for injuries at work
No matter how safe your workplace is, accidents have the potential to happen, particularly if you are engaged in an active role or working in a hazardous environment. Here are just a few of the accidents which could happen at work:
- Slip, trip or fall
- Injured whilst lifting heavy objects
- Objects falling from height
- Suffering a fall from height
- Scalds or burns caused by hot liquid
- Injured by hazardous substances such as chemicals
If you have been injured whilst carrying out your duties at work, you’ll need to consider whether your employer has been negligent. If there is evidence of negligence, you could make a claim for compensation.
Choose Accident Advice Helpline
If you are considering making a claim for compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We’ve been in the personal injury industry for 14 years and helped hundreds of customers claim the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been injured whilst working for the Ministry of Defence, don’t worry, as we have experience handling claims of this type too. Just call us today for confidential, no-obligation advice on your individual situation via our helpline on 0800 689 0500 – we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim.
Source: The Scotsman
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown