A woman has received compensation after a fall at work caused serious injuries.
Mrs X was employed by an NHS Foundation Trust as a Staff Nurse. During the course of her work, she slipped on the ward because the floor was wet after it had been mopped by a cleaning subcontractor. The floor was wet to a greater degree than normal after the mopping procedure and there were no signs warning that the floor was wet.
As a result of the fall, Mrs X sustained a fracture to her T11 vertebra, an injury to her left groin along with a minor fracture to one of the carpus and a tear of the triangular fibrocartilage of the right wrist. She also sustained a dental injury and psychological symptoms.
After a period of absence whilst she recovered from her injuries, Mrs X was able to return to work on a phased return basis but remained on reduced hours. She has been unable to continue with her previous work as a result of her injuries and now works in a less physically demanding role. Mrs X still has problems at work as a result of her ongoing back and wrist symptoms.
Matthew Garson, of Irwin Mitchell, said “The Claimant sustained some serious injuries in this accident but with a little foresight and more care taken by both Defendants, the accident could easily have been avoided .Sadly this is not the case and the Claimant is now left with permanent injuries from which she will never completely recover.
This has significantly impacted on the Claimant’s lifestyle and in particular, upon her ability to perform the demanding and rewarding job which she loved. Despite this, she has been determined to return to work in some form to the best of her abilities to help others.”
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