An injury to the foot is often particularly troublesome; mobility is severely restricted and things such as getting around the house suddenly become difficult, if not impossible to do. A foot injury claim is therefore very important in helping the client get back on track. Severe foot injuries typically entail a long period off work. This scenario is shown in an accident at work we settled for a client of ours.
The accident happened when our client was replacing a scrubber roller on a piece of machinery at work. The roller was removed and passed on to a fork lift truck using a hoist. There were no usual fork lift truck drivers available at the time so our client’s employer instead sent a new employee to help.
The slings used to hold the roller in place on the forks slipped as the forks weren’t slanted and the roller fell, impaling our client’s foot. Even though he was wearing safety boots at the time of the accident, these provided little protection against such a weight.
He was taken to hospital where he had two wires inserted to hold together a joint in his foot. The wound itself took five months to heal, during which time the client was seen at his home by a nurse as he couldn’t travel. These combined with the fractures suffered made this foot injury particularly debilitating. In total, our client was off work for seven months and restricted to light duties at work for a further three months.
When this foot injury claim was transferred to us, we set about obtaining evidence to back it up. The employers’ insurers were denying liability for the accident and so we obtained witness evidence. The testimony of our client’s colleagues in saying that the floor of the workshop was uneven and that the forks should have been tilted proved that this accident wasn’t our client’s fault. The insurers admitted liability shortly afterwards.
Our client’s foot injury claim eventually settled for £21,500, an excellent settlement which allowed him to put the episode behind him and get his life back on track.