We helped our client make a claim against the owners of a workshop who failed in their duty of care resulting in her permanent injury
Alice suffered an injury in a workplace accident which resulted in the loss of part of her middle finger.
Alice is a qualified furniture maker who was injured as a result of a lack of safety equipment on a machine used to plane wood. The cutting blade was unguarded and there was no ‘kill switch’ installed, if there had been the machine would have stopped immediately on impact.
How we helped Alice
After intimating a claim on the owners of the workshop where Alice rented work-time, we were able to agree that they had failed in their duty of care to Alice and were liable for her injury.
An expert report from a consultant plastic and hand surgeon on the permanent damage and scarring to Alice’s finger was obtained, and statements taken in relation to the effect on her personal and professional life.
As a newly operating self-employed furniture maker, it was difficult to substantiate Alice’s potential loss of earnings. However, by analysing her initial tax returns, we were able to agree settlement of £25,000, which is at the higher end of the scale applicable in the guidelines for personal injury awards, and in line with awards made previous cases which had progressed to Court.
Lindsays was recommended to me by a solicitor at another company as being the best firm to approach with a personal injury claim. David Cross, who acted on my behalf, was great, he clearly explained how the process would work and how long it could take, and he kept me informed and involved at each stage. I felt that he was sympathetic and genuinely wanted me to be fairly recompensed for the loss of my finger. I was delighted at the outcome and have used the compensation I received to help me improve and move forward with my furniture-making business.
How we can help
We have a specialist team who have vast experience in dealing with workplace, many of whom are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) which allows us access to a wide range of experts in the field of accidents in the workplace.
If you have been injured at work and would like more information on how our expert personal injury lawyers can help you please get in touch.