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Home > News > Work accident compensation for injury in welding accident

27th September 2010

Work accident compensation for injury in welding accident

A spot welder, our client in this claim for work accident compensation was required to carry out welding tasks whilst lying on his back, beneath trailers, in a small confined space. The trailer was elevated on jacks to allow the crawl space, which was made even more confined by the gauntlets and visor that our client was wearing to protect his face during the welding operation.

The defendant’s insurers refused to negotiate a settlement for work accident compensation, even suggesting that our client had been partly responsible for his injury. Our specialist work accident compensation lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings.

However, they were able to demonstrate that there had been no contributory negligence on the part of our client and they were able to negotiate a satisfactory settlement before the trial. Our client received a substantial sum in compensation.

Circumstances of the welding accident at work

Required to carry out numerous welds to this particular trailer, our client had to change his position several times. In order to do this he had to turn his head and molten metal dripped from the welder into his ear, causing extensive damage.

Breaching the employer’s duty of care

Our client’s employer had breached several regulations in allowing unsafe practices to continue, and by failing to provide suitable protective equipment. In particular, an outlay of just a few hundred pounds could have provided our client with an automatic helmet, which would have protected his head during his relocating manoeuvre.

On-going injury from welding accident

Our client has been left with an on-going problem with metal in his inner ear, which for medical reasons is inoperable. He also suffers pain to his ear and face, which has led to his development of other conditions that he had not experienced prior to the welding accident. These conditions have made it extremely difficult to find work as they cause dizziness and reduced concentration.

Making a claim for work accident compensation

Should you decide to instruct Clear Answers to represent you in your claim for personal injury compensation, our teams of specialist injury at work lawyers are waiting to help you. Whether it was the result of negligence on the part of your employer, or some other cause, we have extensive experience in all types of work accident compensation claims.

Our personal injury lawyers will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, talk you through the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in these circumstances, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our on-line compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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