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£4,400.00 compensation secured for innocent worker’s crushed finger

Extraordinary how the simplest accidents could so easily been avoided but instead have serious, long lasting consequences.

In this case, our client, Mr. K., was working as a civil engineer with colleagues and in the process of setting out a 4 way traffic light controlled junction.

It was about 8 pm on a crisp, windy, March evening in 2010 and the engineering team had formed a “conveyor” and were moving metal framed signs from the works van with a view to placing them on the ground. Unfortunately, one such frame was handed to our client in the open position and, inevitably, slammed shut upon his left hand.

This crushed Mr. K’s left middle finger and surgery was required at the local hospital to remove the finger nail, repair the nail bed, and then stitch the wound. Mr. K was left with scarring, mild sensitivity at the finger tip, and slightly abnormal subsequent nail growth.

What did Lloyd Green Solicitors do?

Mr. K contacted Lloyd Green for help since his employers were not prepared to accept responsibility.

Unfortunately, despite being pressed to do so, liability for the accident continued to be denied and it was not until the end of 2011 that this was accepted. We arranged for the client to be examined by a specialist whose comprehensive report provided us with the evidence we needed to enable us to value the appropriate award for his injuries and enter into negotiations to settle his claim, to include his associated expenses such as medication taken and the value of gratuitous care given by his partner.

The compensation process

Regrettably, however, despite our best endeavours, including making a formal offer to settle to his employers’ insurers, no settlement proposal was received at all and therefore to show the other side that we and Mr. K meant business and were not willing to accept further delays and procrastination, formal legal proceedings were commenced against the employers.

As is so often the way, settlement then followed swiftly after we did this, the insurers electing to then accept the offer to settle that had been made before the proceedings had been commenced.

Solicitor who handled the case

Nick is a partner and experienced and empathetic injury lawyer.

Nick is a partner and experienced and empathetic injury lawyer.

The client was represented by Nicholas Chatters, solicitor in charge of Lloyd Green’s personal injury and clinical negligence team

More Information

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