Machinery accident claim in Southwark
Accident Advice Helpline were recently contacted by a circus performer who was injured whilst in the middle of her act.
Saskia contacted us after she had taken our 30 second test to determine whether or not she would be eligible to make an accident claim in Southwark.
“I had been injured at work, and wasn’t sure if I would be able to make an accident claim in Southwark or not. I wanted to seek compensation but at the same time did not want to waste my time, incur legal expenses or antagonise my boss if there was no chance that there would actually be any benefit from it.”
Thankfully Accident Advice Helpline was able to determine that Saskia would be entitled to make an accident claim in Southwark based on the situation surrounding her accident. We were also able to provide her with information on our no win, no fee guarantee which would mean that she would not have to pay anything in legal fees if we were unable to secure her any compensation.
Saskia had contacted us after she was injured in an aerial silk accident.
“I am a professional aerial silk performer. This means that I perform acrobatic manoeuvres using a combination of aerial silks and aerial ribbons. All of these performances are conducted without safety nets or wires. Usually the risk is minimal as I am so adept at what I do. However, in this instance, skill had nothing to do with the chance of being injured.”
When Saskia contacted us about her accident claim in Southwark she explained that the ribbons she had been using as part of her act had clearly not been attached correctly to the suspension wire. This meant that in the middle of her act they came away and she fell to the ground. A fall from such a height, with no safety net, meant that she dislocated her shoulder and broke her right arm.
At the time of writing Saskia is uncertain whether she will be able to return to the profession that she loves.
“The dislocation and broken arm has caused serious weakness to my arms and I am unsure whether I will be able to hold my weight during suspension again. I may never be able to perform again. I am utterly devastated.”
The machinery accident claim in Southwark
Accident Advice Helpline took on Saskia’s machinery accident claim in Southwark as it was clear that the accident was not her fault. Upon investigation we were able to determine that the person left in charge of securing the silk ribbons had not been properly trained, and therefore made various errors in attaching them. This is what led to the accident. With no training and failure to perform safety checks Saskia had been put in danger. This failure in their duty of care led to her employers being found liable for her accident.
Date Published: 22nd September 2014
Author: David Brown