Man secures settlement following Achilles workplace injury

A man whose workplace injury left him disabled has secured a settlement from his employer with support from Sintons.

The Claimant was injured at work after being required to push a heavy engine back into a scissor lift, which had been removed for maintenance.  While doing so with considerable force, he ruptured his Achilles tendon.

While the injury initially appeared minor, requiring treatment in an Aircast boot, the Claimant re-ruptured his Achilles tendon during physiotherapy, meaning reconstructive surgery was required.

As a result, he was left with a 12cm scar over his Achilles, thickening of the Achilles tendon and muscle wasting of his left calf which resulted in reduced mobility and ongoing pain.

Due to his injuries – sustained in the incident in 2017 – and the restrictions they posed upon him he found his employer unable to accommodate a return to work and his employment terminated as a result.

The Claimant remained unemployed for a prolonged period of time before finding part time work with the injury leaving him disadvantaged on the open labour market and considered disabled for the purposes of both the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act.

The man turned to nationally-renowned Sintons for support with his claim, for which liability was initially admitted by his employer in November 2017 only for the Defendant to resile from their admission in October 2021.

Despite the setbacks and the denial of liability the case was eventually settled earlier this year.

Serious injury specialist David Knipe, an associate with over 20 years of personal injury litigation experience, supported the man in his claim.

“David Knipe provided an excellent service, I was constantly updated with the progress of the claim,” said the claimant.

“He is very approachable and if I was unsure on anything he would explain it in more detail, nothing was too much trouble.

“David is very professional and I would recommend his and Sintons’ services to anyone. It’s been a pleasure to have had David look after my case.”

“Through this incident at work, our client has been left with life-long consequences,” says David Knipe.

“By doing what he was asked to do, he has been left with serious injury to his Achilles which will impact on his movement forever.

“At Sintons, we are rightly known for our commitment to fighting hard on behalf of our clients to secure the best possible outcome for them and their families, and will do all we can to achieve that.

“We are very pleased to have supported him through his claim. This included securing several early interim payments and ultimately settling the claim despite liability being denied.  It was a pleasure to help this gentlemen secure a considerable settlement that will help him to move on with his life. We wish him and his family the very best for the future.”

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