Irwin Mitchell's specialist Workplace Accident Team has assisted a man to obtain compensation after he was hit by a forklift truck at work.
Our client was involved in an accident at work in March 2010. He had completed his deliveries and had returned to work with his lorry, parking in the loading bay. A forklift truck operator was assisting in removing pallets from the side of our client’s lorry. Our client was assisting and standing in the loading bay beside his vehicle, which is usual practice. He was suddenly knocked to the floor. The driver of a second forklift truck had reversed into him.
Our client suffered immediate pain in his legs, feet and ankles. He was taken to A&E and diagnosed as having suffered a fracture to the right ankle and fractured bones in his left foot. He was transferred to an alternative hospital and underwent surgery three days later to pin the right ankle which was then placed in a cast with a Beckham boot provided for the left foot. Upon discharge our client was given a wheelchair. The District Nurse attended him daily to administer deep vein thrombosis injections and to change dressings.
Our client had to undergo a course of physiotherapy for two months following his accident. He also underwent aqua therapy sessions due to continued swelling, pain and limited mobility.
Our client was unable to return to work and was cared for by his wife who assisted with bathing, dressing, getting in and out of bed and general mobility. His wife also had to assume all housework responsibilities.
The Defendants admitted liability and our client received £22,000 in an out of Court settlement.
If you've suffered a serious broken or fractured bone injury at work, our specialist serious injury claims team could help you to claim compensation. See our Fracture Claims page or Accidents At Work Claims page for more information.
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