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Sales Assistant Receives Five Figure Sum Following A Fall At Work

Irwin Mitchell's specialist personal injury team has helped a woman claim £13,300 in compensation after falling down a flight of stairs whilst at work.

Our client was employed as a sales assistant in her local school and was responsible for selling school uniforms and sports equipment to pupils. She unfortunately suffered a broken ankle after falling down a flight of stairs as she was carrying some hockey sticks.

The school had a separate building where the shop was situated and attached to the shop a flat, which was used to store excess sports equipment.

A pupil had come into the shop to buy a hockey stick. The woman had to go up two flights of stairs to get the correct size hockey stick from the flat.

On her return, the woman was carrying four hockey sticks in her right hand and was holding onto the handrail with her left hand. As she got to the bottom few steps, she missed her footing and was unable to grab onto the handrail as this stopped halfway down the flight of stairs. 

The woman was unable to regain her balance and fell heavily to the floor. She was taken to A&E where her right ankle was x-rayed and she was found to have sustained a fracture to the surrounding bones. Her left foot was also badly bruised. 

She underwent surgery the following day to repair the broken ankle. Pins and plates were inserted into the ankle and she remained in hospital for 14 days. She was then discharged in plaster which was later removed and she was provided with an air boot to wear during the day.

The woman's husband had to take two weeks off work to care for her during this time. He had to help with bathing, dressing and getting her around the house, as well as assume all the cooking and housework.

The woman was unable to work for six months and had to attend a course of physiotherapy treatment for the injuries she received.

Irwin Mitchell's personal injury team assisted in this case and the woman received £13,300 in compensation for the injuries she had suffered as a result of the accident.

If you've been injured as a result of a slip or trip at work, our personal injury lawyers could help you claim compensation. Visit our Workplace Slip & Trip Compensation page for more information.

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