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Home > News > Compensation Claim For Injury at Work Caused by Defective Trolley

11th April 2008

Compensation Claim For Injury at Work Caused by Defective Trolley

Despite making repeated complaints to his health and safety representative, the last being only a week prior to his injury at work, our client found himself again having to use defective equipment during the course of his work. His complaint to his employer that the wheels on the trolleys were damaged, had initially resulted in their being repaired. However, they soon became damaged again and he had no option but to carry on using the trolleys with their defective wheels.

In addition, the floor of the factory was uneven and pitted, and because the wheels were of a small diameter, even a small fluctuation in the floor surface caused the wheels to jam, requiring extra force to get it moving again. At the time of his work injury, the trolley was fully loaded and weighed approximately 350kgs, adding even more to the effort required to move the trolley on.

On the day he suffered this factory accident, our client was pushing the trolley along the factory floor when he experienced severe pain in his groin area, followed by swelling in the area. When the situation did not improve a few days later, he attended his local hospital where he was diagnosed with a hernia.

Although he was able to return to work a couple of weeks after this work related injury, the pain did not improve and after several further periods of sick leave, he underwent explorative surgery to try to correct the injury. After some months, our client felt unable to continue in this heavy work and sought other employment with lighter duties.

The claimant asked us for work injury accident claim advice and then to represent him in bringing an injury at work compensation claim against his employer. The defendant’s insurers refused to negotiate a settlement and our specialist work injury lawyers were forced to commence court proceedings. The Judge agreed with our client that the wheels on the trolley were too small for their task. He found that a combination of the floor and wheels had contributed to this workplace accident and that the employer could have taken steps to reduce the risk of an injury, either by re-laying the floor or providing trolleys with larger wheels. At trial, the Judge awarded our client compensation of over £3,000 in settlement for this injury at work compensation claim.

Compensation Claim

Clear Answers has extensive experience in all types of accident at work compensation claims. Whether your injury at work was due to the negligence on the part of your 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 claim for compensation.

If you select Clear Answers to represent you in this matter, we will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, and our specialist 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 on-line compensation claim forms, one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible

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