Accident at Work
Commenting on the case, Tim Beasley, Head of Catastrophic Injury at Levenes Solicitors, said “This case really shows how important it is to consider breaches of health and safety and whether they have caused the accident. It is also vital to investigate all the facts of the case. It has been a hard journey for our client who has had a very tough time but pleasing as well to be able to achieve a settlement of his case.”
On many occasions, Levenes have taken over cases from other solicitors when, for whatever reason, the previous solicitors were not able to proceed. We cannot always agree to take over a case in these circumstances, but we consider each case on its merits.
These accidents often occur because the wrong type of equipment is used or it is not set up correctly or safely, or it is faulty. Sometimes employers cut corners and unsafe methods of work are used.
When an allegation of contributory negligence is raised, it must be proved by the party that raises it, in this case our client’s employer/compensating insurers. We pressed the compensating insurers for evidence, in particular CCTV footage to prove their point but, no evidence was produced. Therefore, we advised our client to reject the allegations against him. We obtained medical evidence to value his claim. We settled the claim on a 100% basis for £20,000.
Needlestick injuries in healthcare facilities are a common problem. The basis of the claim was that the employer was responsible for the employee’s negligence by not following the correct procedure. Ultimately, the Defendant admitted liability in full and the claim was settled.
This case shows that you need expert solicitors who will properly investigate and fight your case even in very difficult cases. As long as we believe that you have a reasonable chance of success, we will not give up and we will take your case to court. Levenes will consider difficult cases which other lawyers may find too difficult to win.
Claimant settles for 500% more than the insurers first offer. A recent case settled by Levenes, illustrates the importance of considering the medical history of the Claimant carefully and also being tough in negotiations with insurers.
One of the most common types of work accident claim that Levenes deal with concerns the amputation of fingers when using machinery at work. Usually, these injuries occur because employers do not maintain dangerous machinery in a safe condition. Corners are cut- safety features are disabled- all in the name of speed of production and profit.
Levenes have been successful in agreeing settlement for their client who suffered horrific life changing injuries at work. This is a remarkable story of an inspirational beautiful young woman who suffered the loss of her scalp, her ears and thumb.