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Home > News > Serious head and brain injury caused by falling equipment

26th October 2009

Serious head and brain injury caused by falling equipment

Our client was working on a mobile platform when a heavy piece of equipment fell from above, striking him forcefully on the head. There was no warning and he had no chance to avoid the object as it fell.

The blow caused a severe head injury and he suffered extensive brain injury. This serious accident at work has left him with ongoing conditions, including epilepsy, deafness, a poor sense of balance, and other cognitive problems.

His condition means that he will require lifetime medication to control the epilepsy, and that he will remain unemployable. He will require a significant level of daily care and, due to the medication for his epilepsy, will be unable to drive, limiting his level of independence.

Breaches of regulations result in serious work accident

Poor health and safety techniques on the part of our client’s employer had caused this serious accident at work. The accident would have been avoided had the necessary precautions been taken. The failure to implement those precautions meant that the employer was negligent and had breached several regulations, including The provisions of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (Lifting Regulations), and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (Equipment Regulations), amongst others.

Court proceedings issued

It was necessary to issue court proceedings to bring the other sides’ insurers to the negotiating table, and although they admitted liability, several initial offers were rejected. However, before the trial date our specialist serious injury lawyers were able to secure a substantial sum in work accident compensation. The sum reflects the extent of his injuries and the loss of income for the rest of his working life.

Making an accident at work compensation claim

Clear Answers has extensive experience in all types of personal injury compensation claims, particularly those resulting from an accident at work. Whether your accident at work was due to negligence on the part of an employer, or some other cause, Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of specialists waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your accident compensation claim.

Clear Answers' solicitors will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, and our specialist personal injury lawyers will talk you through the claims process in plain English. They will be happy to 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, if you prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms, one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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