A horrific welding accident left Alan Bailey with 17 staples in his neck after he accidentally slashed his own throat when operating an angle grinder. The 48-year-old welder was cutting steel when the angle grinder ‘kicked back’, slicing his neck wide open and leaving a 12-inch gaping wound.
Luckily, the gash narrowly missed his major arteries and doctors told him he was ‘lucky to be alive.’ He underwent emergency surgery with 17 staples being used on his neck, and spent nine weeks recovering. Alan needed help with his day to day routine during his recovery and was unable to wash or dress himself without the help of his wife and children.
Pressvess Ltd near Dudley admitted responsibility for the accident and Alan was awarded a five-figure sum in compensation. A company spokesperson commented, “Pressvess takes its responsibility for health and safety very seriously and expects all employees to do the same. Following a full and thorough accident investigation, improvements have since been made. Alan returned to work following his recovery and continues to be a valued member of staff at Pressvess.”
If you have been injured at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries if your employer has been negligent.
Claiming compensation for an accident at work
Whether you have been involved in a welding accident, injured whilst working on a construction site or even suffered after a trip in an office environment, you could claim compensation for your injuries. Accidents have the potential to happen in any workplace, but it depends whether your employer has met their responsibilities to keep you safe at work. If they have not, they could be held liable for your accident. There is usually a three year time limit to make a claim for compensation, so it’s a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
How to make a claim
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we won’t push you into making a claim for compensation. In fact, we’ll answer all your questions and offer confidential, no-obligation advice first. Then, if you decide to go ahead with a claim for compensation, you’ll be pleased to know we offer a 100% no win, no fee service, so there are no upfront fees to worry about. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers have been helping people claim compensation since 2000, and we are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out how we can help you.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown