Compensation for builder injured in ramp collapse

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Compensation for builder injured in ramp collapse

16th November 2011

A Polish builder has received £42,000 in compensation in an out of court settlement after permanently injuring his arm in an accident at work.

Piotr Rudzki, originally from Warsaw and now living in Morden, was working on a building site helping to renovate a ground-floor flat near Kensal Rise in North West London when the incident occurred in July 2010.

“My colleagues had constructed a wooden ramp which had been placed over the steps leading up into the property we were working in,” said Mr Rudzki. “We were using the ramp to transport wheeled trays of building materials in and out of the building.

“As soon as I stepped onto the ramp to enter the property, it tilted to one side and collapsed,” added Mr Rudzki. “My left arm struck the doorframe and I remember feeling excruciating pain. I then fell around three feet onto the concrete steps below and suffered various cuts to my face.”

The 29-year-old self-employed builder - who has been in the UK for almost six years - was taken by ambulance to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, where an x-ray confirmed he had broken his left arm above the elbow.

After an operation to have the muscle in his tricep split and his ulnar nerve - the largest unprotected nerve in the human body - moved so that metal stabilising plates and screws could be safely inserted into his injured arm, a plaster cast was applied and Mr Rudzki was discharged with his arm in a sling.

Agnieszka Woskowiak, a specialist work accident lawyer at Fentons Solicitors LLP, representing Mr Rudzki, said: “For the first couple of months following the incident, my client’s wife, Iwanna, provided him with care and assistance as he wasn’t able to dress or wash himself, cook, clean or help around the house.

“The injuries to Piotr’s face only took a couple of weeks to heal,” added Miss Woskowiak, a legal executive at the firm, “but it was a good three months of rest and physiotherapy sessions at St George’s Hospital in Tooting as well as numerous check ups at the Royal Free Hospital before he regained his independence.”

Mr Rudzki has a large permanent scar on his arm and will always suffer stiffness and discomfort around the area of his healed fracture. The metal plates he had inserted into his arm remain in place and will only be removed in the event of infection as any further surgery to remove them runs the risk of devastating nerve damage.

“Piotr will never be able to fully straighten his elbow and he will always lack strength in his upper arm due to the weakened muscle around his tricep,” said Miss Woskowiak. “As a result, he can no longer work with heavy tools, nor can he do any kind of physical work requiring use of his arms at and above head height.

“Piotr has been working as a joiner,” added Miss Woskowiak. “We wish him all the best in his new career and hope that the settlement he has received will help as he looks to 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.