A man who suffered a serious fall at his workplace 10 years ago has finally received £530,000 in personal injury compensation.
Mark Jeffery was cleaning the guttering at the Chaplins superstore in Plympton, Devon, when he fell, resulting in serious injuries to his leg. Over the course of the next eight years he underwent 13 operations to try to save the leg, but it eventually had to be amputated.
Mr Jeffery, who is now 47, took legal action because he believed the equipment he had been given for doing the job was inappropriate and unsafe. His injuries were painful and life-changing. Before the accident, he had been physically active and enjoyed playing sports – something which he is no longer able to do. He attended counselling, pain management and psychotherapy for the physical and psychological trauma he experienced.
Ultimately, he was awarded a payout of more than half a million pounds. The money was claimed for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and the costs of re-training for a career that did not involve manual work.
“Although devastated to lose my leg, I tried to stay positive throughout the process,” he stated. “While recovering, I retrained as a qualified counsellor, specialising in trauma, so that I could offer support and advice to those going through similar experiences. The support I received was invaluable and helped me to take all of the steps needed to lead a happy and active life.”
Mr Jeffery’s solicitor commented that the accident had been completely avoidable. “He has been left with life-changing injuries which has had a dramatic impact on both his life and his family. It is great to hear that Mark has been inspired to help others going through similar unfortunate circumstances.”
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