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Compensation Secured Following Spinal Injury at Work

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist industrial accidents team recently settled a compensation claim for a client who was involved in an accident at work in May 2009, leaving him with a spinal injury.

Our client was employed as a project manager for a company which provided a scaffolding service to all industries.  He was working on a quay which had significantly deteriorated and was undergoing repair.  He was tasked with establishing the heights at which the various contractors on site needed to work at and also undertook inspections and audits.  On the day in question our client had got onto the scaffolding at low tide and slipped on algae which had formed on the wooden planks.  This caused him to tumble and slip to the floor and as he was getting up, he banged his head on the scaffold.
Later the same day our client developed neck ache, with the pain increasing two days later, forcing him to attend his GP who initially prescribed painkillers.  Due to the persistent pain our client was then referred for physiotherapy and approximately three months post accident, he underwent x-rays and a compression of his cervical spine was diagnosed.  He was then referred to a specialist spinal consultant and further referred to the pain clinic where he underwent cortisone injections into his neck.  Three years post accident our client continued to suffer pain which was managed by painkillers and continued attendance at the pain clinic.
Due to the injuries sustained, our client’s leisure activities were limited such as walking, swimming and watching TV.  The defendants admitted primary liability subject to a 33% reduction for contributory negligence.  The Claimant’s rejected this and put forward a 10% reduction for contributory negligence.
A positive outcome was achieved and Kerry Hadley was delighted to recover £7,500 in an out of court settlement for our client, in compensation for the pain and suffering caused as a result of this accident.

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