Pain in the neck cost an employer £25,000 compensation

Personal injury solicitors recently won damages for hospital worker who injured her neck at work.

The woman was preparing an operating theatre for a routine procedure at the time the personal injury at work occurred. However, she and her colleagues received word that an emergency patient was coming to them instead. The nature of the emergency was made known to the supervisor and yet two nurses were still allowed to take their lunch break and one doctor was informed that his services were not required.

Because of the extent of her injuries, the patient needed to be physically supported, but no supports were available and the hospital worker had to provide manual support. This involved stretching her body in an awkward way and remaining in that position for an extended time.

As a direct result of this, the victim developed severe neck pain, which spread to her shoulder and arm. A later scan showed she had 2 damaged neck disks and she had to take 3 months leave from work to recover.

The injured worker believed that this injury would not have happened if better equipment and procedures had been in place in the theatre and the correct amount of staff had been present. She therefore decided to file a claim for personal injury compensation. Her personal injury lawyers filed the claim on her behalf and after some negotiating, her employer, who had already agreed liability for the incident, agreed to pay compensation to the tune of £25,000.

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