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Sarah Gardner - Accident compensation solicitor

Accident compensation solicitor - Manchester

Based in our Manchester office, Sarah has developed an in-depth knowledge of the regulations that exist to protect us in our working environment. This area of the law can be extremely complicated as accidents may result from a breach of one or more of these regulations. In order for a claim for work accident compensation to succeed, it is vital that the claim is built around the correct regulation breach.

Sarah's successful work accident compensation claims have included claims for manual handling injuries, slips, trips and falls in the workplace, falling from height, being hit by falling or moving objects and serious accidents involving machinery or equipment.

However, Sarah's experience is not limited to industrial accidents. She has also developed considerable expertise in accidents that happen in hospitals, care homes and other health related establishments. She has successfully concluded many cases involving needlestick injuries as well as many accidents involving patient handling.

Sarah has represented clients across central England but her experience is not limited to accidents that happen to her clients at home. She has also developed specialist knowledge of compensation claims for overseas accident claims, whether on a package holiday, a cruise or whilst travelling by air.

Sarah has a reputation for her strict attention to detail and solid negotiating skills and believes one of her strengths is that she is easily approachable from a client's point of view. She always tries to put them at their ease at what may be a very traumatic time for them. Sarah will use her proven skills to obtain the best outcome for each of her clients.

Successful accident compensation claims

Below is just a small sample of successful accident compensation claims which Sarah has won

Work accident compensation claim - Needlestick injury

Sarah's client in this work accident compensation claim was injured when he picked up a rubbish bag to dispose of it. Unknown to him, a needle was sticking out of the bag and as he lifted the bag, the needle entered his arm.

Initially quite painful, the wound bled for some time after the work accident, and led to considerable stress and anxiety. The nature of the injury meant that Sarah's client had to undergo immediate blood tests to confirm whether or not he had contracted any disease from this injury, tests which would need to be repeated over a twelve-month period.

All organisations have a duty of care to protect their employees from injuries such as this. Strict guidelines are in place to separate hazardous rubbish and to make the hazard clearly visible to employees. The needle should have been placed in a special container, known as a sharps box, and not a plastic bag.

The defendant was in breach of several regulations, including the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations. They had failed to ensure that not only was a sharps box available but that all employees were advised of its existence and purpose. In addition, they had failed to make sure a robust system was in place to ensure that these guidelines were adhered to by all employees.

By utilising her keen negotiating skills, Sarah was able to secure a satisfactory sum in work accident compensation for her client.

Work accident compensation claim - Manual handling injury

Sarah's client in this claim for work accident compensation was a Health Care Support Worker. She was injured during the course of her work caring for patients at a hospital. At the time of the work accident, she was assisting a Staff Nurse to move a large patient from a chair to a bed.

The patient was asked to stand and turn whilst supported by the client and her colleague. Suddenly and without warning, the patient grabbed Sarah's client's arm and fell onto the bed, pulling our client with her, causing her to suffer muscular damage to her arm, shoulder and neck.

Sarah fought this claim for work accident compensation on the basis that the Trust had failed to advise Sarah's client that the patient assessment stated that a hoist would be required when moving this patient, and had failed to ensure sufficient staff were on duty to manage the needs of the patients. These failures meant they had breached the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, which includes the movement of people in its guidance.

The Trust refused to negotiate a settlement until Sarah issued court proceedings. Shortly before the trial, she was able to negotiate several thousand pounds in work accident compensation.

Comments from accident compensation clients

Here is just a small sample of the letters of thanks that Sarah receives each year

"Sarah was very good at keeping on my case. It has been a very stressful year. Many thanks Sarah."
Client was attacked at work and Sarah obtained work accident compensation

" You have been a great help, thank you."
Work accident compensation secured for manual handling injury victim

"To Sarah Gardner and Steven Thank you very much you have been a great help. Brilliant Service."
Client suffered injury at work when he fell from a height - he received work accident compensation

"I would like to thank all involved in this claim, I found all staff I spoke & met really helpful and supportive. Everything was straightforward and I was informed thro-out the months before the claim was settled. I would recommend … to anyone if asked."
Client received work accident compensation after being hit by a moving object

Making an accident compensation claim

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms, and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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