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Home > News > Fatal Injuries At Work - Compensation For Family Of Man Crushed To Death

27th October 2008

Fatal Injuries At Work - Compensation For Family Of Man Crushed To Death

The family of a man crushed to death has received a substantial sum in fatal injuries compensation for the loss of their husband and father through an accident at work. The victim was tragically crushed to death when a misunderstanding led to a colleague starting the machine in which he was working.

The deceased was inside the enclosure of a manufacturing machine when a hydraulic lowering device was activated, causing this fatal accident at work. Although a horrific death, his suffering was mercifully short.

Management Defend Claim

Our specialist personal injury solicitors brought a fatal accident claim against the employer on behalf of the deceased’s family. The defendant admitted responsibility for this fatal industrial accident, but argued that the deceased had contributed to his own death by placing himself in a dangerous situation. The defendant refused to accept full responsibility for this tragic accident at work and argued that the compensation should be reduced because the deceased had contributed to his death. Their offers of accident compensation, reflecting a reduction in damages for the alleged contribution by the deceased, were rejected by our client.

Our client was determined to prove her husband had not been at fault in this factory accident and our specialist personal injury at work lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings The case was heard at the High Court in London.

The Judge’s Ruling On This Accident At Work

On hearing the evidence, the judge ruled that the deceased could not have been aware that his colleague was about to start the machine.

He therefore ruled that the defendant had failed to prove that the deceased contributed to his death in this fatal accident. The judge said that this was a tragic mistake on the part of a colleague, and that because the deceased had not contributed to his death, his claim should not be reduced

Fatal Accident Compensation

Following the judge’s ruling, the defendant made the offer of fatal injuries compensation, which our client accepted. Although there is no way to bring back her husband and the father of her children, our client was delighted that the court had ruled that he had not contributed to his own death.

Samantha Brown, who represented the family said: “This death was a tragic accident which could have been avoided. This family has, understandably, suffered deeply as a result of their loss, a suffering made worse by the company’s allegations that he had contributed to his own death and which ultimately led to the case proceeding to a trial. We are pleased that this fight was successful and to have helped the family obtain the compensation that they rightly deserve.”

Fatal Accident Compensation Claims

Clear Answers’ lawyers are specialists in all types of work related accidents and sadly, extensive experience in dealing symathetically with fatal injury cases. We have teams of experts waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your claim.

Whether the accident involved yourself, or you have tragically lost a family member, our advisers will be happy to talk you through the injury at work claims process, in plain English, will provide you with expert legal advice and will answer any questions you may have regarding your personal injury claim.

If you or a family member has suffered an injury at work, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete our online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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