When Mr K was hit on the head by shelves at work because they were unstable, we were happy to accept his case on a genuine no win, no fee basis. When working on the shelving area, top shelves collapsed and fell resulting in a collision with his head.
Concerns about the shelving stability had previously been raised but nothing had been done about it. We’re pleased to have obtained an award for him.
This was a minor injury case – luckily Mr K escaped with a cut to the head that has left a small amount of scarring for a duration of time. In cases of scarring it’s about the severity and longevity of the scarring, so in minor cases like this, the settlements are often a couple of thousand pounds.
But it could have been so much worse and lessons always need to be learned by employers. This is especially important where concerns are raised about workplace safety and nothing is done about it until an accident actually happens!
It’s common that systems and workplaces improve following claims because it gives employers the ‘kick up the backside’ to start taking health and safety more seriously. That simple issue of accidents potentially being so much worse is something that should never be forgotten. Head injuries can be serious and we have represented victims for lifelong brain injuries whose lives have been turned upside down through the negligence of their employer.
For the pain, suffering, and inconvenience caused, our client was happy to accept the amount and he received all 100% of his cut to head at work claim payout. Hopefully lessons have been learned and his employer will start taking health and safety concerns more seriously to avoid a repeat of this situation.
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