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Home > News > Work accident compensation for nurse who suffered back injury

4th October 2010

Work accident compensation for nurse who suffered back injury

Our specialist work accident compensation lawyers secured a five-figure sum in compensation for a nurse who suffered a back injury at work. Her injury was caused as a result of a lack of risk assessment and lack of consideration of work methods within the ward where our client worked, in breach of the manual handling regulations.

Issuing court proceedings

Our client’s employer, an NHS Trust, refused to negotiate an acceptable settlement in compensation for her pain and suffering, despite the severity of her symptoms, and we were forced to issue court proceedings in order to progress her claim for work accident compensation. However, before the date of the trial, our work accident lawyers were able to negotiate an increased acceptable sum (double the initial offer made by the defendants) which our client accepted.

Manual handling accident

Our client was injured as a result of catching a patient who unexpectedly collapsed on top of her. Our client was an experienced nurse. However the Defendants were negligent in failing to risk assess the very real risk that a patient could fall, and there was a lack of consideration of the layout of the ward, resulting in the nurse becoming trapped between the bed and the falling patient. As a result of this work accident, a risk assessment was carried out and the way the job was undertaken was made much safer.

Back injuries as a result of a work accident

As a result of this manual handling injury, our client has been left in constant pain. She has been advised that there is nothing that can be done to improve her condition, including surgery, and that she will continue to be in pain throughout her life.

In an effort to alleviate her pain, our client undertook several sessions of physiotherapy, and many injections of steroids and epidurals. She has also undertaken other procedures in an attempt to reduce her symptoms, none of which have given her more than some temporary relief.

Breaching regulations

Although the original accident could not have been predicted, the failure of the defendant to make adjustments to our client’s duties, aggravated the injury and could have been prevented. By this continued negligence, they had been in breach of several areas of statutory duty and regulations, including the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, and the Management of Health & Safety at work Regulations 1999.

Making a claim for work accident compensation

Should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your personal injury claim, Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of specialists waiting to help you. We have extensive experience in all types of accident at work claims, whether it was the result of negligence on the part of your employer, or some other cause.

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

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