Back injury at work claimant receives £20,000 despite denial of liability
Ms TB, a single mother, was working as a packer in a warehouse. She sustained her back injury at work when she lifted a sack of potatoes weighing 25 kilos.
At the time of the accident, Ms TB was living and working in the UK. She intended to remain living and working for an indefinite period in the UK. However, two months after the accident, due to her injuries, she was forced to return to her native Poland as she was unable to cope with her work duties. In Poland, she managed to obtain alternative employment and has been working in an office.
Throughout the claim, the Defendant denied knowledge of an accident at work and liability remained in dispute. The Defendant’s solicitors argued that Ms TB did not correctly report the accident at the time and that a manual handling was within the safe limits set by the Health and Safety Regulations. Later they argued that the sack could not have weighed as much as 25 kilos.
Levenes obtained a supportive statement from Ms TB’s former manager who worked for the Defendant for a number of years. He confirmed that Ms TB suffered an injury as a result of lifting a heavy sack of potatoes but the accident book was not completed even though Ms TB was assisted by a first aider after the accident. Court proceedings were commenced and despite that the Defendant maintained their decision on liability, Levenes managed to secure a settlement of £20,000 as compensation for her injuries, loss of earnings and other financial losses.
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