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Woman injured in work accident receives £100,000 compensation
A woman who was left in continuous pain and unable to do her job after she sustained an injury at work has received more than £100,000 in an out of court settlement.
The woman, who was in her 30s at the time of the incident, suffered a serious and permanent soft tissue injury and neurological damage after lifting heavy boxes. Nigel Smith, a serious injury specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said that his client had been working as the manager of a greeting cards store at the time.
“Her shop had just taken delivery of a stock of Christmas wrapping paper,” said Nigel, an associate with the firm. “Whilst you might imagine a roll of paper might not be heavy, there were around 20 boxes - each being about 6 foot to 7 foot long and 3 foot wide and weighing between 8 and 9kg. They were brought into the store by the delivery driver and then my client and the storeroom assistant began to move them by picking them up one at a time to take them into the store area of the shop.”
Nigel said his client was in the process of lifting a second or third box when she felt severe pain in her shoulder. “She managed to struggle to lift one or two further boxes before being unable to continue because of the pain,” said Nigel.
The married mum-of-one managed to continue to work for two days, but when the pain in her shoulder and neck worsened, and the movement of her shoulder became increasingly restricted, she went to see her GP. “Despite being signed off work, she was persuaded to go back working on light duties in the busy period leading up to Christmas, which she did for two weeks,” said Nigel. “Unfortunately she was the unable to return to work.”
After being made redundant a few months into her period of convalescence, Nigel said his client was then out of work for several years before she secured part-time employment as a secretary, gradually increasing her hours to 30 hours per week.
“She has worked 30 hours per week for the last year, with her employer offering a fantastic level of flexibility in hours and home working and a wage equivalent to what she had previously been earning,” said Nigel. “However this had to be taken into consideration when determining the value of her compensation claim. To that end, the compensation that has been negotiated for my client reflects and takes into account the potential risk of her losing her current employment,” he said. “Whilst her job is presently secure and whilst there is little in the way of ongoing loss of earnings, should she lose her current job she would be significantly at risk in obtaining further employment.”
Although the matter was set for trial, Nigel successfully negotiated a settlement of £123,000 on behalf of his client.
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