Machine operator successfully claims £15,000 for workplace injuries

Following two separate accidents at work, Mr C instructed Advance Legal to represent him in a claim for compensation against his employer.

Mr C was a machine operator for a firm which manufactures window frames.  On two separate occasions whilst operating machinery at work, Mr C’s wrist and hand were injured due to unsafe practices.

Mr C had to take time off work and undergo an operation to repair a tear to the cartilage in his wrist. Advance Legal obtained medical evidence from a Consultant Orthopaedic and Hand surgeon, who reported that following surgery there had been some significant improvement in Mr C’s symptoms but there was some residual disability from ligament damage which he had sustained. Our medical expert’s opinion was that Mr C would be disadvantaged on the open job market as he would be unable to undertake heavy manual work or work requiring a strong grip.

Advance Legal pursued a claim for personal injury on behalf of Mr C against his employer, alleging that it was negligent and in breach of its statutory duties to provide sufficient training and ensure that safe working practices were in place.

The defendant admitted liability but alleged that Mr C was partly to blame for his accident, and therefore wished to reduce Mr C’s compensation by 25%. Advance Legal successfully argued on Mr C’s behalf that there was no negligence on his part and that his employer was entirely to blame.

Advance Legal negotiated a settlement on Mr C’s behalf and he received £15,000 which included a claim for loss of earnings in the sum of £1,332.57. Mr C has now retrained for a new career.

Dianne Barker is a Solicitor at Advance Legal. For advice on pursuing a claim for compensation, please contact Dianne or a member of our Personal Injury team on 0800 068 00 69.