personal injury U P D AT E
elcome to the Winter Forum Law personal injury Because the
update, this issue features a wide range of work was
personal injury cases and their outcomes. I hope extremely
you find it informative and please feel free to visit our repetitive,
website to read more in our legal news section and case with little
studies area. variation
in the day-
At Forum Law we are proud to be the only law firm that is a to-day
member of the Institute of Customer Service. We know that routine,
personal injury and compensation cases can be stressful Mr Coleman
and difficult so we want to make every client experience as strained the
positive as possible. Our personal injury legal team are on ligaments in
hand to help you make your compensation claim. his forearms. This caused him to suffer shooting pains
between his elbows and his fingers. As a result of the
Stuart Andrews damage, for a long period he couldn’t pick up objects and
Director and solicitor Forum Law was unable to work.
After bringing a claim against his employer, he won £3,000 in
repetitive strain injury payout of £3,000 compensation.
epetitive strain injuries are often linked to fairly simple
repetitive workplace tasks, such as packing on a Having become aware of the risk to its employees of injuries
production line or the regular use of hand tools, so it is associated with performing repetitive tasks, the company
easy for employers to fail to recognise the risk such practices carried out an investigation and put in place working
pose to employees. practices designed to prevent the risk of future injury.
Employers have a duty of care to prevent their employees
A recent case highlights the need for employers to be being injured at work. To this end, risk assessments must be
vigilant regarding the sort of tasks that could cause injury to carried out to identify potential causes of injury. In the case
employees unless preventive measures are put in place. of Mr Coleman’s job, it was essential that employees were
regularly rotated between tasks in order to reduce the risk of
Geoffrey Coleman, 41, worked in the finishing department at repetitive strain injury.
a factory in Cumbria. The job involved packing large sheets
of paper into plastic bags which, once full, weighed about If you have suffered an industrial injury through no fault of
50 kilograms. your own, you could be entitled to personal injury
compensation. Contact us for advice on how to proceed.
£75,000 compensation for medical negligence
grandmother who has been diagnosed with Tests showed that Mrs Hardingham had inoperable lung
inoperable lung cancer has received £75,000 in cancer. She underwent radiotherapy in November 2009 but
compensation after a hospital failed to investigate was told she only had a year to live.
the cause of a shadow on her left lung, revealed in a
previous X-ray. In fact, a radiologist at the same hospital had spotted the
problem two years earlier, noting that the patient should be
Janet Hardingham, 65, only discovered the error after she treated with antibiotics and should then undergo a further
was admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath in 2009 X-ray in six weeks. This did not happen.
suffering from an irregular heartbeat. She was in intensive
care on a ventilator for four weeks and spent a further 10 After she commenced legal action against the hospital, the
weeks in hospital recovering. Just days before she was due case was settled promptly and Mrs Hardingham was paid
to be discharged, a doctor told her that she was to undergo £75,000 in compensation.
a bronchoscopy as they were concerned about a
suspicious shadow on her lung. If you are injured as a result of negligent medical treatment,
we can help you obtain an appropriate settlement.
Please contact us to discuss your claim.
man hit by digger bucket wins £600,000 record payout for injured cyclist
A worker whose arm was partially severed in a workplace A former champion cyclist has been awarded a record
accident has won £600,000 in compensation. sum in compensation after a road accident that left him
with life-changing injuries.
The claimant was working on a construction site where a
JCB digger was in use. The driver was having difficulty Manny Helmot, 39, was out on a training ride when he was
releasing the bucket of the digger so the claimant and hit head-on by a speeding car. He sustained serious
another worker offered to help. injuries that have left him with severe damage to his brain.
He has also lost the use of his right arm and is partially
After asking the JCB driver to engage the safety guard, the blind.
men set about trying to discover what was causing the
blockage. When the driver got back into the cab, he As a result of the accident he is no longer able to drive,
knocked a lever, which caused the bucket to swing and hit work or ride a bicycle. He also has double vision and
the claimant. requires 24-hour care. His mother has given up work and
had her house converted so that she can look after her
In the accident, the man suffered multiple fractures to his son.
arm and his hand was crushed and partially severed.
He underwent several operations, and now has permanent A claim was brought against the driver’s insurance
scarring and a disability which impacts on all areas of his company and the court awarded Mr Helmot £13.75
life. million in compensation, to be paid in a lump sum. It is
thought to be the highest amount ever awarded in Britain
The man brought a personal injury claim against his for personal injury compensation. The money will provide
employer and the company that supplied the equipment for Mr Helmot’s care for the rest of his life.
and driver; a settlement of £600,000 was eventually
agreed. This takes into account the man’s loss of past and The driver of the car was convicted of dangerous driving.
future earnings as well as compensating him for the pain
and injury suffered. Nothing can adequately compensate for the loss of one’s
health and normal way of life. However, a financial
If you have been injured in a workplace accident through settlement can help the victim of an accident and their
no fault of your own then you could be entitled to family to adjust to the changes in circumstances and
compensation. Contact us for advice on how to proceed. relieve them from financial hardship.
ambulance worker receives £6,000 for fall
n ambulance service worker who fell down a flight of A trip or slip on a staircase can result in
steps at work has agreed a compensation settlement serious injuries. Employers have a
of £6,000. duty to ensure that access ways
are maintained in a condition
The man was going down some steps leading into the that is safe for employees to
garage where his ambulance was parked. He didn’t notice use and that employees are
that a colleague had left a cup of coffee on the steps, and mindful of the effects of their
he slipped and fell as a result. He suffered injuries to his hip, actions on their co-workers.
lower back and knees.
If you have been hurt in
He brought a personal injury claim against his employers on an accident at work
the grounds that they had failed in their duty to provide a that was not your
safe place of work and to ensure that other employees fault, you may be
behaved responsibly. His employers admitted responsibility entitled to
for the accident but their initial offer of compensation was compensation. It is important to take advice early on as
rejected as inadequate, given the extent of the man’s there are time limits that apply when making a claim for
injuries. Eventually, however, damages of £6,000 were compensation.
agreed, which included compensation for the earnings he
lost as a result of the injury as well as the cost of his medical For advice on how to make a personal injury claim, please
treatment. contact us.
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