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Home > News > Personal Injury News

20th February 2008

Telephone cable hazard causes trip and fall accident, compensation awarded for work injury

Aware that the over-long cable on his telephone posed a hazard, our client had always ensured that the telephone was positioned away from any access routes into his office. His work took him out and about for much of his day, so when visiting colleagues needed somewhere to station themselves, it was natural that his office would be used in this way.

Early one morning, entering his office as normal, he did not see the cable running just inside the door. The fluorescent lights were just flickering on and the cable was not in its usual position. He tripped over the cable and hit his head sharply on the edge of his desk, injuring his ear and head. As he tried to rise, he was so disoriented that he banged his head again on a shelf on the wall, immediately above where he had landed.

Confused and in pain, it was some hours before our client realised he needed medical attention, and it was then confirmed that he had perforated his eardrum and suffered whiplash type injuries to his neck. Although he was able to return to work after two weeks, he suffered the after effects and pain for some considerable time afterwards.

It later became obvious to our client that someone had used his desk the previous evening and had moved the telephone, leaving the cable trailing in a hazardous position. The defendant argued that our client must have moved the telephone himself and brought many witnesses to testify at trial that they had not entered the office, nor moved the phone.

However, the judge found for our client, believing his version of events. In addition, the judge felt that our client could not reasonably have expected to encounter such a hazard and that he had in no way contributed to the injury at work.

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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 online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible. Our 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.

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