We recently settled a traumatic amputation case for a six figure sum that was more than twice the amount initially offered by the solicitors appointed by the insurers of our client’s employer.
Our client suffered a traumatic lower arm amputation and degloving injury whilst working with machinery that had not been guarded.
This case focused on how large companies - whilst obviously sympathetic and shocked by an appalling injury to one of their employees - often move very quickly to protect their own financial interests against those of the person who is injured, creating a very obvious conflict of interest.
The claimant was airlifted to hospital with life threatening injuries following his accident. The same day he had to be transferred to another hospital capable of providing the requisite surgery and before he arrived there, the insurance company of the defendant had already sent its lawyers to the site of the accident to begin taking statements and preparing documentation. Because of the early involvement of the Defendant's Solicitors, much of the accident reporting and investigating documentation was never disclosed to us as the Defendant was able to rely upon the doctrine of legal, professional privilege
The claimant accepted our advice to reject the defendant’s original offer and to allow time for the case to be fully investigated, for his injuries to be adequately treated and final medical reports to be obtained.
As a result the damages awarded were more than twice the amount originally offered and despite the tensions created by having to assert our client’s rights, he was able to return to alternative suitable employment with the same employer.
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