Mr T sought advice about an ankle injury at work by contacting the Michael Lewin specialist team in Leeds about his claim.
Mr T suffered an avoidable injury whilst at work which resulted in him having a fractured ankle. The area that he had been working in had developed a pool of water on the floor which had not been correctly removed making the floor hazardous and slippery. As he was working in the area he slipped on the floor which was severe enough to cause a fracture to his ankle.
In the past figures have shown that slip trip and fall incidents in the workplace have cost 40 workers their lives in one year. Also in a year over 15000 major injuries to workers have been caused by slips trips and falls and over 30000 workers have taken more than three days off work. It is estimated that the cost to society each year for slips trips and falls is around £800 million. Health and Safety Executive figures show that slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries in the work place in Great Britain. Most workplace deaths are caused by falls from height.
There are basic rules which must be followed to reduce the risk of slips either at work or in a public place. Failure to follow these rules can lead to liability for an accident and injury to another person. Basic housekeeping rules are vital; keep water and contaminants away from walkways and if they do spill they should be cleaned up immediately. Any employees such as cleaners who are exposed to wet floors should be provided with suitable footwear. Particular care and attention should be taken during the colder months when rain ice and snow increase the risk of wet floors.
If you have suffered an ankle injury and need some impartial and reliable advice then contact the Michael Lewin team of specialists in Leeds about your claim.
Any areas of work that develop pools of water or are in any way a hazard to staff need to be suitably attended to immediately by either clearing the water or displaying sufficient warnings. In the case of Mr T these guidelines had not been followed resulting in a very much avoidable and painful fractured ankle.
Compensation is awarded for pain suffering and loss of amenity. Loss of amenity covers things such as not being able to continue a hobby continue a chosen career or carry out domestic tasks.
Special damages can include part of your claim for example lost wages travelling expenses (e.g. for attending medical appointments) prescriptions private medical treatment the cost of repairing or replacing damaged property (including your car) the cost of private care or the equivalent value of care given by family members. This part of your claim can run into £1000s if you have been unable to go to work.
If you are looking for advice about an ankle injury at work call Michael Lewin at the Leeds office about your claim now on 0844 499 9302.