Irwin Mitchell's Leeds office represented a lady whose hand was crushed in an accident at work. Our client received £128,000 compensation for injuries sustained in the accident.
Our client sustained a serious open crush injury to her left dominant hand whilst cleaning a rotating bottle filler and capper machine. As a result of the injury, the lady, in her mid twenties, had to undergo a series of operations over a two year period and was unable to work for a period of five months following the initial accident.
Due to the ongoing symptoms from the injuries sustained and the fact that she did not make a full functional recovery, she has been left with reduced grip strength and movement in her left hand, and therefore she was only capable of returning to work on a part time basis.
The compensation received by the client included compensation for the actual injuries sustained, loss of earnings incurred immediately following the accident and that are likely to be incurred in the future. Monies were also awarded to enable the client to make adaptations to her car, because, she was unable to use the handbrake effectively. The compensation also enabled her to pay for and receive assistance with heavier household duties, which, due to the ongoing symptoms she struggles to do herself.
The injuries sustained in the accident are a reminder of the need to ensure that all employees receive full training in using the various pieces of equipment that they are expected to use during the course of their employment. It is hoped that lessons are learnt from this case and that employees are not put in this potentially dangerous situation in future.
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