Personal injury cases can arise in all sorts of scenarios, but most commonly as the result of accidents on the road or in the workplace.
Accidents at work, in particular, can be catastrophic and lead to very serious personal injury cases.
Let us examine two cases in which serious personal injury was caused by improper supervision and inadequate safety procedures.
Personal accident cases
One case involved a delivery worker who was injured in November 2008.
He was trying to adjust a docking ramp that would not extend far enough to reach the trailer of a container lorry that he was about to unload. The automated system was not sufficient to achieve this and so the victim attempted to move the ramp by hand. Suddenly, as the lorry was reversing towards the dock, he slipped and became trapped between the lorry and the wall of the dock.
During the hearing of his personal injury case, it was agreed that if his employers had carried out sufficient risk assessment accident could have been avoided.
An even more worrying lapse led to severe injury for a maintenance worker the same year.
He was asked to move a pillar, ironically as part of health and safety exercise, at the bakery where he was employed.
He used a saw to cut through the upright, which was secured at both the ceiling and floor ends. Unable to remove the pillar entirely using this method, he then used a crowbar which dislodged the 65kg structure, causing it to drop and land on his head, causing him severe brain damage and spinal injuries.
Personal injury claim cases
Both these personal injury cases demonstrate what can happen when workers are given free reign to perform ‘ad hoc’ jobs without correct supervision. The companies in both cases mentioned have been fined heavily for their breach of duty to their employees, and this leaves the door open for both men to make a work accident claim for compensation.
If you have been injured in circumstances vaguely similar to either of these personal injury cases, then you could be eligible to make a claim today. Either give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone or click ‘claim now’ to see if yours is one of the many injury cases that deserves compensation.
Date Published: 17th January 2012
Author: Louise Thacker