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£18.5k compensation following accident at work

The claimant’s details have been changed but this is indeed a true case

Phil Mulryne acted for Mr R, the Claimant, to pursue a claim for personal injury damages and additional losses following an accident which occurred at work.

At the time of the accident Mr R was undertaking a risk assessment to a trailer ramp system when his right hand became trapped, resulting in an injury and subsequently an amputation of 1cm from the top of his right middle finger and a smaller amputation from the top of his ring finger.

The claim was presented to Mr R’s employers and liability was initially denied.

Eventually, after negotiations between the parties, a liability apportionment on a 70%/30% liability basis was reached between the parties taking into consideration the fact that Mr R had contributed towards the accident.

Mr R made a reasonable recovery following surgery but continued to suffer numbness in the fingertips and a restriction in his dexterity.

In addition to the claim for personal injury damages, Mr R claimed the cost of travelling expenses attending medical appointments. Mr R also required assistance from his wife for the first month or so following the accident in relation to his personal hygiene.

Mr R was also unable to look after his young sons for a few months, and couldn’t undertake any gardening or general household duties for a similar period.

As settlement was not agreed between the parties it was necessary to commence court proceedings. An offer was put forward in the sum of £16,100 by the Defendants and following further negotiations settlement was agreed in the sum of £18,500.

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