Circumstances of accident
We acted on behalf of our client in a claim for personal injury arising from an accident at work.
Our client was employed as a production operator for a commercial laundry company. One of our client’s duties was to manoeuvre a cage of laundry within a warehouse. A new route required him to move the cage down a slope. He had not been required to move the cage down a slope before. As he was moving down the slope, he lost control of the cage and his left leg became trapped.
Our client’s employer disputed liability on the basis that an able-bodied person ought to have been able to control the cage. We held the employer responsible for the accident taking place on the basis that our client had received no training on how properly to manoeuvre the cage or navigate the new route.
We raised court proceedings against our client’s employer given their denial of liability.
How we helped our client
As a result of the accident, our client sustained a soft tissue sprain to his left ankle and injuries to his ankle ligaments. He was absent from work due to his injuries and suffered a loss of earnings. He also needed assistance from his wife with personal care.
After raising court proceedings, the employer continued to deny liability or attempted to argue that our client was in some way at fault despite their failure to provide training. We recovered documentation from the employer by court order which proved that no proper training had been provided.
We were able to obtain a settlement of £6,000 for our client’s heads of claim. This was after an initial offer from the employer of £3,500. Our client was delighted with the increased offer.