Expert lawyers at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors have successfully secured a five figure settlement for our client following an accident at work he had nearly four years ago.
Stephen Hutchinson received serious injuries during the course of his employment in catering at HM Prison Service, when there was a problem with one of the walk-in freezers.
The freezer refrigeration system had become encased in ice and only one of the two fans was working. This created a constant trickle of water running down the back floor, resulting in 70% of the freezer floor being covered in half an inch of ice. Mr Hutchinson was instructed by his employer to remove the ice from the freezer floor. At the time, three delivery trolleys had been left unpacked and squashed into the freezer. Mr Hutchinson had to move the trolleys in order to carry out his task of removing the ice. As he began to move the final trolley, he lost his footing on the ice and fell to the ground. In an attempt to save himself, several 10kg boxes of frozen chips fell onto his upper thigh and groin, causing the him to fall on his lower back.
At hospital, x-rays revealed a possible fractured coccyx. Mr Hutchinson was treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatories and underwent a course of physiotherapy. He was off work for three months.
Mr Hutchinson instructed Kerry Hadley from the PLS Fast Tract Litigation department in the Sheffield office to investigate his claim of compensation. Kerry Hadley entered negotiations with his employer and successfully secured £20,000 in an out of Court settlement in June 2012.
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