Man suffered physical and psychological injury in workplace incident

A man who was left with both physical injuries and psychological trauma after being injured while moving goods in a warehouse has been supported by serious injury specialists at Sintons in securing a settlement.

The worker was moving an American-style fridge freezer using a sack trolley when it fell and landed on his right leg.

He suffered a fracture and cuts to his right ankle and soft tissue injury to his right knee, which have caused permanent damage to his mobility.

Medical experts said his injuries would be amplified by prolonged mobilisation, which would disadvantage him in the jobs market, and he was also at risk of degenerative disease in future.

The claimant, who was 49 at the time of his injury, also suffered depression and anxiety as a result of the incident – which was amplified by his employer’s denial of any responsibility.

He turned to serious injury specialists at Sintons for support in making a claim, and was represented by senior associate David Knipe. Legal 500 2023 listed David as a key individual, who is “willing to back the underdog and cares about clients”.

Investigations established that the task of moving the fridge-freezer was not one that was necessary if the warehouse was better organised, and he also lacked training in moving goods. The sack truck being used was also too small and unsuitable for the purpose.

The claimant’s employer denied liability throughout the 3.5 year life of the case, however despite this Sintons were able to secure a settlement.

“Sintons were there to help me pick up the pieces,” said the Claimant.

“They listened to my concerns, believed in me and helped me to get the justice and compensation I deserved. They explained everything in great detail and helped through every step of my fight for justice.

“The most important thing for me was that they believed in me, and fully supported me even though I was being told by my employer that I was the one at fault! They helped me through a low point at that time in my life.

“I would personally like to thank David Knipe, with his expertise and understanding, he explained everything so I could easily understand.”

David Knipe added: “As well as significant physical injury, which will have permanent consequence, the psychological trauma our client suffered through this incident was exacerbated through the defendant’s ongoing denial of any responsibility.

“That added significantly to our client’s ordeal, making him feel like this was his fault and drawing the process out for several years, until we were able to secure a positive outcome which will help our client to look to the future and move on from this very distressing process.

“Sintons, are known for legal excellence and settlements achieved in such circumstances are testament to this. However, we also pride ourselves on the support we give to clients during times of distress – we were absolutely committed to delivering that in this case, and were by the side of our client from the earliest days of the claim and throughout the process supporting him in every way possible.

“We are very pleased to have been able to secure a positive outcome for him, and wish him all the very best in moving on with his life.”

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