£11k compensation for an upper body injury at work
Compensation of £11,000 was awarded at Birmingham County Court to a 39 year-old woman who sustained severe lacerations and upper body injuries after a sink collapsed on top of her in a workplace accident.
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The claimant, who was a 36 year-old administrator at the time at which the incident took place, was struck by a collapsing sink.
As the sink struck the ground it smashed into sharp pieces, and the claimant slipped on the remnants of the sink, causing her to fall on her left side and severely injure her upper-left arm, forearm and left buttock.
The wounds to her upper left-side were wide and deep enough to result in the heavy flow of blood out of her left arm, and towels were used to temporarily stem the flow whilst immediate medical attention was sought.
The lacerations were several centimetres in diameter in places, and required cleansing and stitching so as to reduce the risk of infection.
Over the subsequent month, the claimant suffered from significant pain originating from the affected areas. The scarring was very sensitive and the pain left her unable to carry our daily tasks around the house. She could not maintain her personal hygiene and her mobility was severely impaired. She was also unable to attend work during this period.
Pain in the scarring persisted over the subsequent eighteen months to two years. The claimant often experienced a tingling sensation in the scar on her upper-left arm.
This scar had widened and was now several inches in diameter. The claimant felt such embarrassment that she would not reveal her arm to anyone nor would she expose it to sunlight.
She made sure to cover up the affected areas with clothing at all times. The diagnosis was that her scarring was permanent and that any attempt at corrective surgery would not work.
The matter progressed to a Court hearing.
The claimant was successful before the court. A total of £11,000 was awarded in general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.