At the time the accident occurred, the employee was preparing a food service trolley for use. When he turned one of the trolley’s switches on, a strong electric shock travelled through his right hand and arm.
The man suffered minor burns and some damage to his muscles during the incident and for some time afterwards his arm was weak and he felt an altered sensation in it. It took him more than a year to recover completely from the incident.
It became apparent after the accident that the employer already knew that the trolley was damaged and needed repair, but no action was taken and it remained in use. The victim felt his employer had been negligent in his duty to ensure sufficient health and safety measures were in place to protect staff from harm and he therefore approached the firm of solicitors for help in pursuing a claim for personal injury compensation.
The employer accepted liability for the accident but the initial compensation offer was deemed too low in view of the injuries sustained by the victim. His lawyers began negotiating with the employer and eventually agreed a settlement of £2,500.
If you have been the victim of an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you are within your rights to claim compensation. If you want to lodge a personal injury claim, you would be well advised to contact a firm of solicitors who will tell you the best way to proceed.