A 30-year-old man from Tyneside has won £40,000 in compensation after he had an accident at work that resulted in him suffering from a deformed hand. He was only three weeks into his new job with a boat-making company in Alnwick when he suffered the injury.
It was caused by a faulty machine called flat bar pyramid rolls equipment. The machine works by depressing a pedal with the foot so sheets of aluminium can be passed through the rollers. When the person releases the foot pedal the machine should stop. However in this case there was a fault with the machine and it kept going when Robert Gibbons, who suffered the accident, removed his foot as required. This led to his right hand being taken into the machine and being severely damaged. The injuries he suffered in the accident four years ago have resulted in a deformed hand, and they meant he could not work for several months at the time.
As a result of the deformity the tip of his little finger is bent at a right angle. He also suffers from numbness in his fingers and has reduced function in that hand.
How severe can work-related accidents be?
All business owners have a responsibility under health and safety laws to make sure their workers are safe and not in any danger at work. If an accident should occur and there is clear evidence that negligence on the part of the owner/operator was to blame, there is the potential to claim compensation for the mental and physical injuries suffered as a result. If in doubt it is always best to find out where you stand legally, because compensation may be payable in many situations. Clearly in this case the injury is one that will last long after the accident itself.
If you have suffered a work-related accident, get in touch with the team at AAH now
The professional injury compensation lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline are ready to take your call whenever you are ready to pick up the phone. There is a three-year window in which you must take action if you have been injured at work, so the sooner you can contact us the better. We’re here to provide no-obligation advice so use our free 24/7 enquiry line now to find out where you stand in a legal sense. You could begin a no win, no fee* claim soon.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown