Compensation awarded after crushed wrist ends career

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Compensation awarded after crushed wrist ends career

22nd December 2010

A labourer who has been left unable to work after his wrist was crushed by a large piece of falling metal has received £367,500 in compensation.

Vijay Mehan, a work accident specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said: "My client received a terrible injury whilst carrying out unsafe work he had not been trained for, the nature of which means his prospects of working again have been significantly reduced."

The 31-year-old man was standing in a container whose floor was littered with sections of metal. Whilst unhooking a chain from a dockside crane, a large piece of metal came crashing down upon his right wrist.

"He was in so much pain and shock that he initially feared his hand had been severed," said Vijay.

Rushed to hospital by ambulance, the man was treated for significant compound fractures to his right hand and wrist, which had caused a section of bone to protrude through his right forearm. He underwent surgery to have a metal support rod inserted from his elbow to his wrist and remained in hospital for a further 17 days.

When fractures did not heal properly, the claimant had to undergo a bone graft using bone from his left hip. His arm was placed into a hinged brace and he was unable to move it for several months. To this day he still wears a supportive splint, he has extensive scarring around his fingers and wrist and he is unable to rotate or stretch his injured hand.

"My client has suffered immeasurably and has been left understandably frustrated and completely unable to live life as he would wish," said Vijay. "He has been informed he may require further corrective surgery and he continues to suffer pain and discomfort on a daily basis. Hopefully this settlement will help him adjust to the changes he has been forced to make and compensate for the significant loss of earnings he has and will continue to suffer in the future."

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of accidents in the workplace.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.