Paul's Accident at Work Settles for £65,000 (Bangor)
Paul was employed as a technician and was out on a job in a park in Bangor. He was picking up equipment from his vehicle’s trailer when a colleague driving a car struck him, causing him to fall forward. He injured his foot and was taken to hospital. He had both an x-ray and a CT scan in order to assess the damage. He suffered two fractures and required surgery. He may also require the wearing of a splint inside his shoe or perhaps further surgeries.
Paul contacted Paschal O'Hare Solicitors
Paul contacted us in order to pursue a claim for compensation against his employer. The employer’s insurer alleged that Paul walked out from behind his trailer into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Paul denied this and explained that he walked up the side of his vehicle to collect equipment and had no need to walk to the back of his trailer at any time. In light of this, we issued High Court proceedings and had Paul examined by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. We also had an occupational therapist assess Paul’s care requirements. Finally, we had a consulting engineer look at the details of the accident and provide a report.
As a result, the defendants entered negotiations with us. During these talks they indicated that they valued the claim at no more than £50,000 and also wanted further deductions for contributory negligence. This is when you are part responsible for your own accident. We indicated that this was unacceptable and we would not settle for less than £65,000. They refused this and left the negotiation table. However, after some deliberation they reconsidered and Paul’s case settled for £65,000.