A woodworker was forced to make a career change after an accident at work left him with severe injuries.
Mr C, who was in his late 30’s at the time of the incident, sustained fractures and severe lacerations to four of his fingers when he was cutting timber with a table saw.
As he pushed the timber towards the blade, the timber kicked back forcing his left hand to come into contact with the rotating blade.
He was taken to hospital where he had surgery to amputate the badly damaged tip of his index finger, fuse his middle finger and stitch the lacerations to the other damaged fingers.
Mr C’s life was totally disrupted for the first 3 months after the accident at work. He was unable to go fishing or even do the DIY projects he enjoyed so much. He couldn’t drive for 6 months and had to rely on others to help out.
His injuries were so severe that he was unable to return to work for a year following the accident.
Once fit for work, he became so anxious about it happening again that he couldn’t face returning to his old job. He realised that he was going to have to change his career altogether, so took up a delivery job.
Fortunately, he has been able to settle into his new job, but he still has difficulty with all the basic things we take for granted, such as tying laces, doing up buckles, belts and buttons.
Shabana Ali, associate solicitor pursued a claim for compensation against Mr C’s employers. They denied liability saying they had given appropriate training to their employees and the machinery was functioning as it should.
However, after a lengthy legal battle and just days before the scheduled 3-day trial, Mr C’s employers agreed to pay compensation and an out of court settlement was reached.
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