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Man forced into early retirement by fall injury
A man who had to retire from his job after suffering permanent damage to his ankle and calf in a fall has received £38,000 in an out of court settlement.
Tristan Alder, a public liability specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said that due to the severity of his injuries the married civil servant, who is in his 60s, has been unable to return to work since the incident nearly three years ago.
“My client was making a domestic visit when he tripped and fell heavily on a broken paving slab outside the residence,” said Tristan, a solicitor with the firm. “After he was taken to hospital in agony, scans revealed that whilst he hadn’t suffered any broken bones he had sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon, a split calf muscle and a severely twisted left ankle.
“After he was discharged from hospital on crutches, my client was referred for physiotherapy and provided with care and assistance by his wife as he was unable to bear any weight on his injured left leg,” added Tristan. “Over the next several months, despite extensive treatment he remained off work and continued to suffer significant pain and swelling around his ankle and calf whenever he tried to stand or walk unaided.”
Tristan said the claimant has been unable to return to work since the incident. More than two years later, medical experts noted that as he was still suffering with significant symptoms including continued pain and swelling, his disabilities and pain would continue and should be considered permanent.
“Following a medical assessment for both his employer and his subsequent claim for Industrial Disablement Benefit, my client has now been registered as 20 per cent disabled for life,” said Tristan. “There is essentially nothing more that can be done for him. As he continues to have problems with his calf muscle and ankle, which prevent him from standing comfortably for more than a few minutes, he has consequently put on a considerable amount of weight and can now only walk for very short distances without pain.
“He had been employed as a civil servant for nearly 40 years and had intended to work up until his retirement at 65,” added Tristan. “Sadly, as a result of his injuries, he has instead been forced to retire early and as a result, forfeit several years of working and being able to build up his pension.”
After liability was admitted, Tristan settled the claim on behalf of his client in September 2012.
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