A Solicitor Trips Over a Box in an Untidy Office keyboard_arrow_down
Yasmin* worked as a Senior Solicitor in the Civil Service. Whilst visiting the office library and after exchanging a book on the shelf, she turned away from the shelf and tripped over a box that had been left on the floor of the library, next to the bookshelf. She fell on her knees and jarred her bag.
How Was She Affected?
Yasmin had previously had a fusion operation in her lower back. She was in severe pain and could not return to
work. Her job involved her in regularly carrying heavy files of papers, as well as sitting for prolonged periods at a desk. She found that she could not return to the office and could not do her job. After a period of about 18 months, she was obliged to take early retirement. Her knee problems were relatively minor and cleared up within a few weeks.
How Did We Win The Claim?
We were able to use our experience and knowledge of the Workplace Regulations and an Act called the Occupiers Liability Act to set out an argument that Yasmin’s workplace floor was dangerous and unsafe. Her employer did not accept this, nor do they accept that Yasmin had suffered severe injuries and we had to start a court claim against them. They continued to deny responsibility, but her employer eventually agreed to pay Yasmin a substantial award of compensation just a few days before the Trial of her claim.
How Much Compensation Did She Receive?
We sent Yasmin to a Consultant Spinal Surgeon who gave an opinion that due to Yasmin’s long history of spinal problems, the injuries she had to her back would have happened naturally, within two years.
We agreed compensation of £7,950.00 for Yasmin’s back injury. We also agreed £76,712.00 for the wages she would have earned had she been able to continue working for the next 2 years and had not had to take early retirement. We also agreed an award of £4,600.00 for the extra care and help the Yasmin’s family had given to her whilst she was recovering from her back injury. With interest, this meant that Yasmin’s total award of compensation was just over £95,000.00.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a tripping or slipping accident at work, or in a shop, supermarket or any public place, The Claims Partnership will be happy to help you. All our services are No Win/No Fee. We never charge our clients for advice and always have time to chat on the phone, via text or by email. We will do our best to help you and point you in the right direction, even if we cannot take on your case.
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*In order to protect our client’s privacy and confidentiality, as well as to comply with the settlement terms that we have agreed with Defendants, our clients name has been changed, as have some other minor details.