Man 'blinded' after being hit on head at work receives £400,000

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Man 'blinded' after being hit on head at work receives £400,000

19th February 2013

A man who is now registered blind after sustaining a blow to the head at work has received more than £400,000 in an out of court settlement.

The injured man, who was working at a printing firm at the time of the incident more than four years ago, successfully pursued a claim for compensation against his employer after he was hit by a plank of wood that fell from a piece of machinery.

Caroline Fox, a specialist serious injuries lawyer with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said her client had been knocked unconscious by the force of the blow. “Once he came round he was taken to hospital, feeling very woozy and not at all like himself,” said Caroline.

“He remained in hospital overnight for observation, and was released home the next day. But immediately it was clear that his sight had been affected. He suffered from blurred vision and he was unable to focus on what he was looking at.”

She said that the injured man’s blurred vision led to him feeling very dizzy, and he was unable to leave the house for more than two weeks after returning home.

“He went for an eye test and was told that he had a problem with his peripheral vision. Although he returned to work following a period of recuperation, he could only carry out light duties as his field of vision had been severely reduced. He was suffering from constant headaches, which were not helped by the noisy environment of the printers, and when he suffered another accident at work he decided to look for alternate employment.”

Caroline said that the man – who was in his 40s at the time of the injury – also began to have problems with his memory as a result of his injuries. “For example he used to love reading, but after the accident he couldn’t remember what he had read even the night before,” she said. “For months afterwards he suffered from severe headaches and had to take painkillers every day.”

She said that the permanent loss of vision subsequently led to her client being registered as blind – a devastating blow, compounded when he then had to return his driving licence to the DVLA.

“This has been a terrible ordeal for my client and his family,” said Caroline. “The injury has taken away much of his independence, and affected his ability to work.”

Following lengthy negotiations, Caroline negotiated a settlement on behalf of her client of £409,000.

“No amount of compensation can make up for what my client has been through,” she said, “but I hope this substantial settlement will now enable him and his family to continue with their lives without the added worry of how his injury will affect their financial security.”

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of accidents at work.

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.