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Home > News > Work accident compensation for finger amputation injury

3rd January 2012

Work accident compensation for finger amputation injury

Our specialist work accident compensation lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings in order to secure appropriate compensation for this client. The defendant, his employer, refused to admit liability for his injuries caused by a completely avoidable workplace accident, and which resulted in him suffering a traumatic amputation and other serious injuries to his hand.

Before the trial date, they negotiated fiercely and were able to secure a six-figure sum in work accident compensation.

Accident at work - hand injury

A part-time worker who was responsible for cleaning the workshop and machines, our client suffered severe hand injuries when he attempted to clean a machine which was still operating. He had not been given any instruction on cleaning this machine or advised that there was a time-lag from switching the machine off to when the blades stopped moving, and significantly, a safety guard had been removed from the machine and never replaced.

He put his hand into the machine to clear the build-up of sawdust and when he removed it, having felt something moving, he realised he had suffered a traumatic amputation of one finger and significant damage to another. He was taken to hospital where they were unable to save the severed finger, the stump of which had to be excised and cleaned. However, surgeons were able to save the other injured finger, although he has been left with significant scarring and malformation.

The machine which caused our client's injury had had the guard removed and despite several complaints to management that the machine was dangerous, no action was taken. Not until after this serious accident at work when a guard was re-instated and an emergency stop button fitted.

Loss of chosen career

Our client had been working for the defendant in a temporary capacity. He had recently completed studies at University and was in the process of applying to become a member of an emergency service. Following his surgery and an assessment he was advised that he would be unable to take up this profession due to his reduced dexterity.

Breach of regulations

By ignoring the complaints of workers regarding the missing machine guards, and by allowing our client and other workers to continue using the machine without adequate guards, the defendant was in breach of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. They had further been negligent in failing to provide our client with adequate training on the machine either during his induction or before allowing him to work on the machine.

Making an injury at work compensation claim

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

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