Forklift injury sees £120,000 settlement
Around 693,000 workers in Great Britain sustain an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey (2019/2020), with a £16.2 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2018/2019).
Pryers Solicitors is a well-established firm that has years of experience in dealing with such injury at work claims, often leading to large settlements.
Pryers’ client, Mr Edwards, was injured at work when a forklift truck ran over his right foot, causing him to fall over and injure his left knee in the process. After a few minutes carefully removing the forklift, an ambulance was called and he was taken to the A&E department by Paramedics.
Following an x-ray, Mr Edwards was told he had sustained a compound fracture to his right ankle and a rupture to the patellar tendon in his left knee. He had surgery the same day to re-align his right ankle and insert metalwork to maintain the structure. He also underwent surgery to have his tendon in his left knee repaired. The surgeries meant he was restricted to a wheelchair after having casts placed on his right leg and left knee, which left him extremely immobile for nine weeks.
Mr Edwards suffered a lot of pain following the accident, which hindered his daily activities. For the first few months, he required the assistance of his wife for activities such as washing and dressing, and he also struggled to sleep as a result of the discomfort.
After the first six months of his recovery, and once the majority of his pain had subsided, he was able to return to work. He worked reduced hours for the first couple of months before returning full-time.
After a lengthy recovery, Mr Edwards approached Pryers. With the help of medical professionals, Pryers’ expert solicitors were able to understand the severity of his injury and the possibility that the client may need amputation and fusion surgery to his ankle in the future. Due to this, and the defendant already admitting liability, Pryers negotiated compensation of £120,000 for Mr Edwards.