Josefina Malvicini, a hospice nurse who worked for Ealing Primary Care Trust, has been awarded £765,000 in compensation from her former employers after suffering a soft tissue injury that left her disabled.
Mrs Malvicini’s former employer claimed that she was ‘malingering’ and exaggerating her symptoms, but the court recognised that the accident had caused her suffering and destroyed her nursing career. She suffered soft tissue damage to her arm and shoulder after lifting an elderly patient from their commode and later developed chronic pain that left her barely able to walk. Mrs Malvicini now relies on crutches or a wheelchair much of the time.
Her former employers finally admitted liability for her accident after ignoring her request for a hoist to be installed at the patient’s home. She received damages of £765,992, which included over £250,000 for future loss of earnings and in excess of £200,000 for ongoing care she may need in future. This goes to show that workplace accident compensation claims can be successful, even when contested by an employer.
Have you been involved in an accident at work?
It’s not just care workers who can suffer after workplace accidents; there are many different types of accidents which could occur in any workplace – here are a few of the potential types of accidents that could happen:
- Slip, trip or fall – this is one of the most frequently reported types of accidents
- Fall from height – on a construction site or a more minor fall such as from a stepladder in the office
- Burns or scalds
- Injured by machinery or equipment
- Food poisoning
- Lifting or handling injury
If you have reported an issue to your employer, such as faulty machinery, which they have failed to act on, they could be held liable for negligence. In cases like these, claiming for compensation may be possible, so it is worth contacting a personal injury lawyer to make an enquiry.
Claiming compensation for accidents at work
The first step towards making a claim for compensation is contacting a personal injury lawyer. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, our team of lawyers have experience in the industry – we’ve successfully dealt with hundreds of claims relating to accidents at work, from slips and trips to food poisoning from the office canteen. Because we work on a 100% no win, no fee** basis, there are no expensive upfront legal fees to pay and you can find out right now how much you could be eligible to claim by taking the 30-second test on our website. Call our freephone helpline to speak to an advisor today.
Source: Rowberry Morris
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown