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Knee Injury At Work Aggravates Pre-Existing Arthritis

Mr Wojciech Tomczak, aged 53, was working for Wagg Dog Foods near Thirsk, North Yorkshire as factory worker.

Mr Tomczak injured himself during the course of his employment while he was loading sacks of animal feed onto a pallet. As he did so he slipped on some loose feed which was spilt on the floor. The loose feed would tumble down the conveyor belt and collect on the floor.

Mr Tomczak sustained an injury to his knee which aggravated pre-existing arthritis.

His employers initially denied liability for the accident and suggested that Mr Tomczak was lying about how he sustained his injuries. The Defendant Company terminated his contract of employment whilst he was off sick, within a few weeks of the accident date itself. We helped Mr Tomczak prepare for an employment tribunal, together with Ripon’s Citizens Advice Bureau, which he won for unfair dismissal and was awarded in excess of £2,000. We then pursued a personal injury claim for him which was disputed and required the instigation of court proceedings. We finally settled the claim for £17,500.

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