A former HGV driver has received just under £120,000 compensation after he suffered injuries that ended his career in a work accident.
Our client was injured in April 2004 whilst working. He was self employed but was working under contract to a plastics manufacturing company.
The accident occurred as our client was delivering a load. He had opened the rear doors of the lorry and some of the load fell off the back striking him in the back and the head. It was alleged that the company loaded the lorry to such an extent that there was insufficient room left to enable him to remain on the back of the lorry to secure the load sufficiently.
Our client, who was aged 56 at the time of the accident, sustained a spinal cord injury, a mild head injury, injury to his knee and psychological injury. He spent almost 4 months in hospital and underwent intensive rehabilitation. He was unable to return to work.
Liability was hotly disputed throughout and there were significant risks that the case could be lost altogether.
However, the case was settled by way of negotiation shortly before trial by Louise Morgan of Irwin Mitchell's specialist Industrial Accident Team.
She said: "All those responsible for people working for them should carry out and implement risk assessments to identify risks of injury and steps to be taken to reduce or remove those risks."
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