A debilitating injury has the potential to alter your future working life. As you may not be able to complete the same job you used to, you could be forced to perform alternative duties. If these are not available, you may even have to switch industries. This is especially true for physically demanding jobs or those that require a lot of travel. If your injuries are severe enough to force a job change, there may be a claim for loss of future earnings.
A client of ours came to us after tripping on a stray earth strap whilst performing his job of delivering propane. After catching his foot in the strap, he fell forwards into crash bars surrounding the tank, suffering serious injuries to his chest and foot. Whilst his chest injury eventually recovered, he was less fortunate in regards to his foot.
Our client’s doctor signed him off work for a period of 6 months due to the pain in his foot. Unfortunately, our client was then forced to leave his job as there were no other roles with lighter duties for him to take on. A couple of months down the line our client started working again in a self-employed capacity, but earning less than he was previously. Our medical expert then advised that the foot injury was likely to be permanent. We therefore set out to claim for both the injury and the loss of future earnings.
We collected evidence of his losses, such as wage slips before and after the accident in addition to the GP notes preventing him from returning to work. Our client was unable to get work related to his previous job as he no longer had the physical capacity for it. This had diminished his future earnings.
We used the evidence and overcome the employer’s defence, securing £12,000 compensation for our client in respect of this claim involving loss of future earnings.