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Help pursuing work accident compensation

Industrial injury effects thousands of people in the UK every year. Wherever you work you could potentially be at risk of being involved in a work accident. Clearly some professions are more dangerous than others. People with physical jobs that involve lifting and handling are more at risk than someone who sits at a desk all day. But there are hazards in every work place, and it is the responsibility of your employer to follow health and safety guidelines to ensure you are protected from the risk of industrial injury whilst you are at work.

How we can help if you have suffered an industrial injury in a work accident
The Claim Solicitors specialise in industrial injury claims and help hundreds of people each year that have been injured in accidents at work. We can ensure you are adequately compensated for your injuries and where appropriate we can arrange treatment and rehabilitation services to help you recover as quickly as possible.

If you have been off work without pay, we can also help you claim for loss of earning and any other expenses you have incurred following the injury, such as prescription costs, taxi fares and phone bills.

Free legal advice without obligation following an industrial injury
If you are thinking about making an industrial injury claim, take advantage of our free legal advice, so you have all the information you need to help you decide whether to make a claim. Speak to a personal injury solicitor now, without any obligation or pressure, on 0800 197 32 32.

A recent work industrial injury claim following an accident at work
The claimant, male, was employed by the defendant company to deal with computers. In September 2000 as the claimant was walking through a door to the outside of a building he saw a bicycle leaning against the outside wall to the left hand side of the building.

As the claimant let the door shut and made his way past the bicycle it fell towards the claimant. As the bicycle fell towards the claimant he fell and the computer monitor he was holding and the bicycle landed on top of the him. The claimant was trapped underneath the bicycle with his right leg caught underneath him for approximately five minutes until someone came to his assistance.

The claimant visited his GP who diagnosed him as suffering from torn quad muscles and damaged ligaments to his right leg. He also suffered a cut to his left leg and severe bruising to his legs, arms and hands. The GP advised the claimant to use crutches to aid his mobility as he was unable to walk unaided and also suggested the claimant would benefit from physiotherapy.

Two months after the accident the claimant began suffering from loss of feeling in his abdomen. He was prescribed painkilling medication and referred to a neurologist. He was also admitted to hospital as an in- patient for one week where he had a full body scan which showed that there was a cystic lesion to the thoracic cord of his spine. He was referred to go to the pain clinic on four occasions for treatment. The Claimant also suffered physiologically as a result of the accident and he was prescribed anti-depressants.

The claimant took out an ‘After The Event Insurance Policy’ underwritten by Lloyds, to protect himself from legal fees and costs. The matter was initially dealt with by other solicitors before the claimant approached The Claim Solicitors, and we took over the conduct of the matter in August 2001.

A Letter of Claim was sent to the defendant in September 2001 asking the defendant to reconsider their denial of liability.

Updated GP and hospital notes and x-rays were obtained and an expert neurologist instructed to prepare a report. The report recommended that the claimant be reassessed in twelve months time.

Substantial documentation was received from the defendant in support of their denial of liability in November 2001. Further questions were put to the claimant regarding the accident circumstances in order to respond to the defendant. The defendant again wrote in March 2002 denying liability.

A statement was prepared on behalf of the claimant and witness evidence was obtained.

Details with regard to special damages, loss of earnings and disablement benefits were obtained and a Schedule of Loss was prepared. It was necessary to calculate future losses as a result of the claimant’s injuries.

A Barrister was instructed to settle the Particulars of Claim in September 2003. Proceedings were issued out of Chelmsford County Court on 11th September 2003 and served upon the defendant on 11th November 2003 . A defence was filed by the Defendant and Allocation Questionnaires were filed by both parties.

Further questions were put to the expert doctor with regards to the claimant’s symptoms and treatment.

A Case Management Conference took place with the defendant and the Court by way of telephone hearing on 7th April 2004 .

Medical evidence was obtained by the defendant and thereafter joint reports were prepared by the claimant and independent experts.

Counsel’s further advice was sought and the Particulars of Claim were amended in accordance with counsel’s advice and an application was filed by the claimant.

A Part 36 offer to settle on a 75/25 split liability basis in favour of the claimant was put forward by the claimant on 4th July 2004 .

Further medical evidence was obtained and barrister’s further advice was sought.

Negotiations ensued and subsequently agreement was reached with the claimant accepting £20,000 in full and final settlement of his claim.

We can help you make an industrial injury claim
If you have been injured in a work accident, call us now for free and impartial legal advice. We can tell you the chances of realistically making a successful industrial injury claim. If you decide to go ahead, we will work hard for you to ensure you get the full compensation you are entitled to, including any loss of earnings and out of pocket expenses, such as prescription charges or medical bills. Call us now on 0800 197 32 32.