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Slip on ice, accident at work claim in Yorkshire

Claim type: Employers liability
Location: Vehicle dealership, Yorkshire
Accident type: Slip at work, shoulder injury
Accident claim value awarded: £20,000

Mr Jones was employed as a vehicle technician at a Yorkshire dealership. He had worked in the industry for many years and had significant experience having worked for the same employer for almost 10 years.

On the day of the accident, Mr Jones had completed all his usual tasks and was looking for something to pass the time until another job came in. He was asked by his supervisor to carry out a task which meant he had to cross to the other side of the yard. A colleague crossed the yard with Mr Jones with the intentions of helping him. As they did so, Mr Jones slipped and fell backwards. He raised his hand to protect his head from impact. As he fell he hit his shoulder on the concrete yard.

The weather was cold and there had been snow fall, although the yard was free from snow. Pools of condensed water had formed on the ground from nearby air conditioning units. However, no gritting had taken place in the area, despite it also being an area which would be used by anyone having to escape the building by the emergency exit.

Immediately following the fall, Mr Jones experienced an incredible amount of pain and was taken to hospital by ambulance. He was discharged from hospital the same evening after being fitted with a harness and prescribed pain killers. Follow up treatment involved visits to the fracture clinic where x-rays were carried out and identified a fracture to the shoulder blade (scapular).

Over the following weeks, Mr Jones had numerous check-ups and had physiotherapy. There was no improvement from the physiotherapy which led Mr Jones to attend a private health carer who, in turn, made a referral to a private physiotherapy practice. There he received intensive treatment to try and free up the shoulder and exercises to carry out at home in an effort to improve mobility so that he was able to raise his arm. The physiotherapist was of the opinion that his was an unusual injury.

After the accident, Mr Jones’ mobility was restricted for several months, during which time he had to have help carrying out personal tasks such as dressing, washing and grooming. He found it difficult to put on socks or fasten zips and buttons. He slept in the spare room as he found it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position and did not want to disturb his wife. The nature of his injuries meant that he was unable to indulge in his passion for playing sport, or continue to enjoy walking his dogs, cooking, DIY or gardening.

Mr Jones was unable to return to his job for several months. When he did return, he was unable to carry out the type of work which attracted the bonuses he had previously earned and had to rely on a flat take home pay.

He continued to suffer the effects of the injuries sustained in the accident. He was unable to sleep on his left side and mobility in his arm and shoulder remained restricted.

Although he was later able to return to his usual job, he had to rely on colleagues to help carry out certain tasks, particularly lifting or anything requiring a gripping action. This in itself caused Mr Jones great concern as he felt that it would result in him being disadvantaged in the labour market.

Besides the pain and suffering and loss of earnings, Mr Jones had also incurred expenses because of the accident.

Mr Jones turned to the Accident Team for help. They listened to his account of the accident and agreed to take on the case on a no win, no fee* basis.

After several settlement offers, The Accident Team negotiated an out of court settlement of £20,000.

If you have had a similar experience to Mr Jones, call us on Freephone 0800 999 3738 for landlines, or 0330 999 0031 for mobiles and see if the Accident Team can help you too.

Please note: Names have been changed to protect our client’s privacy. All other details are based on a real event.

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