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Home > News > Work accident compensation for worker trapped under falling objects

17th January 2011

Work accident compensation for worker trapped under falling objects

Our specialist work accident lawyers were able to secure a substantial sum in work accident compensation for this client, who was only in his early forties when his life was drastically changed.

Rejected work accident compensation offers

Although our client’s employer, the defendant in this compensation claim, admitted liability, their insurers refused to negotiate an acceptable sum in work accident compensation. After advising our client to reject two previous offers, our work accident lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings before the other side made an offer which was a true reflection of our client’s injuries and their affects, and which he accepted.

Falling objects cause work accident injuries

Our client had been moving stacked objects when a large, heavy pile fell on top of him. The stack had been made much heavier because rain had been allowed to gather in the top and the excessive weight caused the stack to become unstable. Our client slipped and fell in the wet conditions and the stack fell on top of him. Unable to release himself due to the weight, he was eventually freed by colleagues and taken to hospital in extreme pain.

When examined, he was advised that he had suffered serious injuries to both legs, one a serious fracture. Although he was initially treated at hospital, and the fracture plastered to immobilise it whilst healing, after a few weeks he was advised that neither the fracture nor his other ruptured muscle injury were healing correctly and he subsequently had to undergo extensive surgery to both legs.

Restricted life-style after work accident injuries

Only in his early forties, our client had been a very fit and active family man. His injuries rendered him almost immobile for several months and although his injuries have healed considerably, he is still in constant significant pain with limited mobility. He has been unable to resume his active sports regime and still needs support from his family for some tasks on a day to day basis.

Breach of Health and Safety at Work Regulations

Our client had suffered these serious injuries due to the breach of several regulations by his employer. These included the The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
which required that adequate risk assessments be carried to ensure the safety of employees. Had this been done, it would have identified the risk of the stack collapsing under the weight.

It would also have identified that the items were stacked above what would have been confirmed as a safe height, thus increasing the risk of them toppling over. There had also been a breach of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 which should have identified the need for manual handling training for our client and would have identified the need for equipment with which to carry out this task.

His employer’s failure to comply with these regulations had directly resulted in the serious injuries to our client.

Making work accident compensation claim

Clear Answers has extensive experience in all types of work accident compensation claims. Whether an 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 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 accident compensation claim forms, one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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