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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Health and Safety News

    Man hurt in work accident criticises employers for refusal to settle claim

    By David Brown on October 21, 2010

    A man who was injured in an accident at work has criticised his employers for their stubbornness in fighting a compensation claim that he brought against them.

    Refuse collector Steven Threlfall, 45, was clearing bags of rubbish from the garden of a council house in May 2006 when his finger was sliced by a protruding shard of metal that had cut through the bin liner.

    The cut sliced through blood vessels and tendons in his left-hand little finger and has resulted in permanent disfigurement to the digit. He made a work accident claim from his employers, Hull City Council, on the basis that his ‘glorified gardening gloves’ were inadequate for the job, a complaint that was upheld.

    However, the council refused to settle the claim and it went to the Court of Appeal in London, resulting in a legal bill of over £100,000, to which Mr Threlfall, who was awarded £3000 for his injury, says: “If the council had just admitted negligence this would have been over after about six months.

    “I can’t believe the costs are so high over a finger.”

    Source: Hull Daily Mail

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    Date Published: October 21, 2010

    Author: David Brown

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