A lorry driver whose leg was crushed at work three years ago has launched a claim for £250,000 in compensation. The life-changing injuries, which saw a heavy pack of steel sheets weighing almost four tonnes fall on the worker, left him unable to return to work for nine months – he only came back to work out of ‘financial necessity.’
The 53-year-old self-employed driver from Sneyd Green needed surgery after his leg was fractured – complications set in and he almost lost his leg. He is claiming damages from Thompsons UK, and branded the company as negligent, saying that the lifting operation in place was ‘unplanned and unsupervised and it was inherently dangerous to unload the sheets with tandem forklifts, especially when one was inexperienced and not adequately trained.’
The Surrey-based firm pleaded guilty to two breaches of health and safety legislation, and was fined £14,000 with £11,284 of prosecution costs. The amount of compensation the driver received was not revealed. If you have been injured at work and you believe your employer’s negligence is to blame, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. Remember that there’s a three-year time limit in place for all claims, so make sure you don’t wait too long.
How much compensation could you claim?
If you have been seriously injured – for example, if your leg is crushed at work, you could claim compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings. The amount of compensation you’ll receive will take into account the extent of your injuries, their effect on your life and any financial losses you’ve sustained. For example, serious injuries which could affect your ability to return to work will mean you’re likely to receive more compensation than if you sustained minor injuries.
Making a claim – what happens next?
After you’ve received medical treatment for your injuries, why not call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500? We’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice and answer any questions you may have about the claims process. However you have been injured at work, you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. It’s easy to find out how much you could claim – just take the 30-second test on our website, then give us a call to see if you have a viable claim. It’s unlikely you’ll need to attend court, but if you do, we work with a team of expert personal injury lawyers who will represent you and work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
Source: Stoke Sentinel
Date Published: February 12, 2015
Author: David Brown