Mark* was at work lifting a metal construction using an electric overhead travelling crane and a four-legged lifting chain which was positioned around the base of the load. He was struck on his left-hand side which caused him to fall and strike his head on a metal frame lying on the ground, sustaining a severe brain injury.
Mark has no recollection of the events leading up to and during the accident, nor the cause of the accident. He was taken to hospital and underwent a CT scan which showed major compound skull fractures.
Mark now requires assistance with many everyday tasks and suffers greatly from fatigue, anxiety and low mood. He also suffers from left-sided hemiplegia and so has no functional use of his left upper limb. Furthermore, his walking has also been affected and he now walks with a tripod.
We were successful in settlement of £2.85 million, subsequent to a joint settlement meeting (JSM) despite the Defendant’s approach throughout that no liability attributed to our client’s employers.
We had to take a robust approach in this case where liability was disputed and achieved an early resolution which meant that Mark could take his life forward, with the support he needs and security for his future. He was ably assisted in dealing with the claim, as was I , by a very supportive family who understood how important it was to have the courage of our convictions and to achieve settlement at the right level.
*The names and identifying details of the client have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals involved.