Worker receives damages after falling through roof

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Worker receives damages after falling through roof

3rd November 2010

A 28 year-old man whose career was ended when he suffered serious injuries after falling through a roof, has received more than £200,000 in compensation.

Shebby Bakar, a work accident specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the young father had plunged 20 feet onto a concrete floor, with his right elbow taking the full brunt of the impact.

"My client was working as a steel erector above a farm building when the fragile roof collapsed," said Shebby. "The fact that there was no safety netting in place means he was very fortunate not to have sustained life-threatening injuries."

The claimant was taken by air ambulance to Hereford County Hospital where he underwent an operation to install a metal plate and pins in his upper arm, to help support his shattered elbow. He has since undergone two further operations on his damaged arm, the most recent of which involved having part of his right elbow completely removed.

"My client still has numerous problems with his right arm," said Ms Bakar. "He is unable to fully extend or bend it, nor can he fully rotate it in either direction. He experiences numbness in his fingers, he cannot clench his fist and he has difficulty handling heavy objects.

"Through no fault of his own, my client's injury has had a significant impact on his life," she said. "His daily routine and capacity to work have been dramatically affected, to the extent that he was unable to complete even basic domestic tasks, drive long distances and play with his young son."

The claimant's former employers were fined £3,500 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for breaching Work at Height Regulations.

"The nature of my client's injury means that he will never again be able to return to his former career or undertake any employment involving heavy manual work," said Shebby. "He has been advised that he will need a total elbow replacement within the next 15-20 years.

"Hopefully these damages - which took into account the injuries my client sustained, his loss of earnings, and the future care, treatment and case management he will need - will help him adapt to the challenges he will face as he looks to move on with his life."

In October 2010, following lengthy negotiations, Shebby settled the claim on behalf of her client for the gross amount of £218,000.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of accidents in the workplaces.

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.