An advanced clinical scientist has suffered a career-ending injury when a cupboard fell off the wall and onto her arms, leaving her with severe injuries. Samantha Sims was working in the Radiotherapy department of Derriford Hospital when the incident occurred, resulting in injuries to her hands, thumbs and neck.
Ms Sims was pinned by the cupboard until colleagues came to her aid and has since developed neck pain and stiffening in the muscles surrounding her shoulders. As her injuries affected her hands, she was unable to carry out normal work duties and her employment was subsequently terminated due to ill health. As a result of the accident, Ms Sims has made a claim against the NHS Trust to the amount of £300,000. The claim suggests that her capacity for work has been inhibited, particularly in her specialist field of clinical science and the incident has also put restrictions on Ms Sims’ lifestyle. Her injuries have been confirmed with a spinal surgeon and orthopaedic surgeon and the NHS Trust have admitted liability for the unfortunate accident.
Claiming for an accident or injury at work
As with this incident, it can be something unexpected which can cause a career-ending injury. The lack of mobility in the claimant’s hands made her capacity for employment within the science field extremely limited and will affect her chances of gaining employment in any field very difficult in the future. A cupboard falling from height can cause severe injury which is why it is necessary that all areas of your workplace are checked and maintained. Something as simple as failing to replace a plug can cause electrocution or even a spillage can cause an accident if it is not cleaned up. If you have had an accident at work then you can make a compensation claim if there is evidence someone else was at fault.
How the Accident Advice Helpline can help
If you have suffered a career-ending injury at your place of work or have sustained an injury which has affected your ability to work for a short time period, then you may also be able to make a claim for compensation. Financially, this could be a difficult time for you so you may need some extra cash to help with the loss of wages and any unforeseen costs you may incur after the incident. Accident Advice Helpline can help you make your claim and we operate on a no win, no fee* basis therefore you won’t need to get into financial difficulty to pursue compensation where there is evidence of negligence. Call now free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for no-obligation advice from our friendly professional advisers.
Source: The Herald
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown