£42,000 awarded for finger injuries from angle grinder
Compensation for an angle grinder injury of £42,000 was awarded to a 39 year old man for loss of his ring and little finger and a fractured middle finger of his non-dominant hand in a grinding machine accident at work four years earlier.
The claimant worked as a production operative. He was tasked with using a grinding machine. During his work he slipped and was injured.
The ring and little fingers on his right hand were severed by the grinding machine. His middle finger suffered a compound fracture.
It was not possible reattach the fingers. The fracture was treated and recovered but with some residual stiffness and loss of sensation on one side.
The man suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. He was diagnosed as suffering symptoms for three years. For two years he received no treatment. After this he received treatment and the symptoms eased then recovered completely.
At the time of the accident the claimant was happily married. His depression and PTSD affected his home life and his marriage broke down. His wife left him and they were divorced.
After the accident he was unable to work for 18 months. He required retraining to enable him to seek suitable employment.
Allegation and liability
It was alleged the claimant's employer was negligent insofar as they failed to provide a safe working environment. The grinding machine was not safe to use without proper protection and training being provided.
It was alleged that the negligence caused the traumatic severing of the claimant's ring and little finger on his non-dominant right hand and broke his middle finger.
It was maintained that the claimant would not be able to work as he had before the accident. He would suffer loss of earnings until retraining to enable him to find suitable employment.
The accident caused psychological injuries. These injuries caused the break-up of his marriage and subsequent divorce.
Conclusion and settlement
Lliability was not admitted and the matter proceeded to a Court hearing.
Compensation of £42,000 was accepted by way of a Court award.
£24,000 was attributed to "pain, suffering and loss of amenity."
Loss of earnings until retraining completed was accepted at £18,000.