An injured firefighter who had his career ended after an incident at Ilkley Fire Station has been awarded six figures in compensation. Michael Hollings received serious injuries in May 2011 while taking part in a training exercise. He was wearing a harness and was attached to a 13.5 metre ladder. However, the ladder cracked and he fell, dislocating his forearms and elbows. He also sustained a comminuted fracture, concussion and a fractured foot.
It is very rare to come across cases where firefighters have had to give up the job they love as a result of being injured in this way. Here at Accident Advice Helpline though, we have come across incidents like this that have put a stop to people’s careers and had pronounced effects on their lives in other ways as well.
Mr Hollings underwent two operations on the injuries to his arms and wore a metal brace for some time afterwards. As a result of the injuries, he could no longer work as a firefighter and had to be medically retired. He also had to give up his second job working as an HGV driver. He says that his ‘manual life’ had been put on hold as a result of continued physiotherapy and rehabilitation following the accident.
Firefighters do undertake a potentially dangerous job by its very nature. However, this incident happened while on a training exercise. While the exact cause is not known, it is clear to see why some people seek compensation for injuries that were not their fault.
Lucky to be alive
In this case, Mr Hollings seems lucky to be alive. Further details revealed that the ladder he was on hit a fence just before hitting the ground. As such, it was possible that his injuries could have been even worse had his fall not been broken by the ladder itself – an ironic circumstance given the details of the case.
If you wish to learn more about an accident you have suffered at work and whether or not you might be entitled to seek compensation, call us at Accident Advice Helpline today. You can call free on 0800 689 0500 now. Our website also has a 30-second online test you can complete to determine whether a claim may be called for in your case. Don’t leave it to chance – call us today.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown