A first offer of £40,000 leads to a settlement of £165,500
A worker lost his eye whilst cleaning machinery wins his case before Trial
Levenes Solicitors acted for a client who was working as a labourer and screeder on various building sites for many years but without any formal training.
On the day of the accident, our client was washing out the pump of a screeding machine and as he started to pull and twist the hose out, it suddenly shot out under pressure and struck the client’s left face and eye. Although witnesses said that he was wearing safety glasses, the glasses were knocked off his face by the blow from the pipe and ended up around his neck.
The Defendants never admitted liability arguing that our client was an experienced screeder and should have known how to properly depressurise the machinery and that the googles he was wearing were the appropriate protection for the work undertaken. They did not however provide him with the correct eye protection or give him the specification required for the safety glasses or goggles. The Defendant did not inspect his safety glasses to assess their suitability for the work he was required to do, nor did they tell him that his safety glasses were not suitable eye protection for the work.
As a result of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) involvement, the Defendant organised refresher training of the screed operatives with representatives from the manufacturer. The Defendants also took action to add additional whip checks to prevent the pipes from moving too far and violently hitting someone.
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The accident caused significant injuries to our client. He lost his left eye, and the vision in this eye required a prosthetic implant which had to be annually review and regularly replace. He also sustained a fracture and significant scar to his cheek, and a significant psychiatric injury.
Proceedings were issued which led to offers being made
The Defendants denied liability from the start.
After the court proceedings were issued, the Defendants started making settlement offers. They first offered £40,000 and then £100,000 after detailed witness statements were exchanged.
To properly support the impact which the accident had on our client and his life in general, statements were also obtained from family members and the client’s brother on whom he heavily relied on to help him at work.
Once we were quite advanced in court proceedings, the defendants made a further increased offer of £135,000.
Further negotiations led to a settlement of £162,500 following service of updated Schedule of Loss and updated witness statements in his support. This sum included a significant amount of money for the client’s potential future lost earnings due to him being at a disadvantage on the labour market.
We will fight to get you the best result
It may be tempting to take an offer to see a quick end to the case, but that is risky and very often the Claimant can do much better.
We will help you to make your decision on any offer that is made, including the pros and cons of accepting or rejecting an offer, using our experience and expertise to advise you on how best to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
At Levenes our personal injury lawyers have more than 100 years combined legal experience making us the perfect team to handle your settlement negotiations and we will fight to get you the best result.
There are some firms who are only interested in getting a quick settlement so that they can get paid and close your file. At Levenes, you case will be handled by someone with experience, expertise and who has your best interests at heart.
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