Shilpa Pattani who works at an exclusive Knightsbridge bank is suing for over £1.5 million after suffering a crippling back injury putting pamphlets in a cupboard. Shilpa says she was left in ‘unbareable pain’ after moving the boxes of promotional material which were dumped on and around her desk in the central London offices.
Miss Pattani worked in the marketing department of the bank from 2007 until 2009, and she claims she was sometimes shifting twice her body-weight of promotional material which contributed to her terrible back problems which have wrecked her life. Her legal team says her back problems forced her to quit in June 2009.
She is asking High Court judge, Mr Justice Phillips, to order her ex-employers to pay her damages which she values at over £1.5 million including more than £1 million in lost earnings.
Heavy lifting caused long-term back injuries
The bank, however, are protesting against the case insisting that any lifting she did and any stress which may have worsened her problems were just ‘normal office activities’. The banks barrister William Vandyck said that “Miss Pattani was in marketing. The stress is what one might expect from that kind of job”.
She told the judge that she complained ‘that boxes and shipments were dumped on my desk’ but was ignored. She also told the court that during several trade fairs and exhibitions she was required to shift 200kg of promotional material each time.
The barrister disputed the accusations and pointed to a car accident Miss Pattani suffered in 2002 as a potential source for her problems He also suggested that the stress she might have been under came from having to look after her sick father and after the death of her grandmother in the summer of 2007 which could have contributed to her ill health.
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Source: Evening Standard