The no fault accident
Our client, Ms M, decided to contact Accident Advice Helpline to see if we could help her make a claim against her employer.
She had been involved in an accident whilst at work, and felt that the accident could have been prevented if her employer had taken the necessary steps to do so.
Ms M, who had been employed by the same company as a carer for over 12 years, advised her ‘no win, no fee*’ Stourport-on-Severn lawyer that on the night of her accident she was working with a colleague at a client’s house. They were getting the client ready for bed and as part of their final duties they had to turn her on to her side.
Unfortunately, the patient was rather heavy and their employer had failed to provide them with the appropriate turn sheets to perform this difficult task more easily. Matters were not helped by the fact that the client was sleeping on a normal bed, rather than a specialist profile bed which would have made it easier to turn her.
At the time of the accident Ms M’s colleague was in the process of turning the client, and this caused her to roll towards the edge of the bed. Ms M was forced to use her hands and all her weight to stop the client from rolling off of the bed on to the floor. The impact and pressure of supporting the weight of the client caused Ms M to suffer a bulging disc.
The ‘no win, no fee*’ Stourport-on-Severn legal team
Ms M knew that the accident could easily have been prevented, and she mentioned to her ‘no win, no fee*’ Stourport-on-Severn lawyer that she had told her employer on several occasions the importance of ensuring all staff had suitable training and specialist equipment where necessary.
Despite these points being raised both privately and in company staff meetings, her employers had failed to address her concerns. She felt it was this failure to take the necessary action which led to her being injured.
She was particularly distressed by the fact that she had to take a couple of months off from work as she was unable to lift or carry anything until her back was fully recovered. Ms M told her ‘no win, no fee*’ Stourport-on-Severn lawyer that she loved her work, and saw many of her regular clients as an extended part of her family. The thought of abandoning them whilst she was forced to recover deeply upset her.
Our in-house lawyer was able to help Ms M make a claim against her employers, and she was awarded compensation that not only took into account the immediate pain and suffering she had endured, but also the loss of earnings which had resulted from her inability to work for those couple of months.