Barnsley woman receives £31,500 due to accident at work

Published: 15th January 2018

Mrs C worked as a cashier in a chain of newsagents. The shop was on the ground floor and the stock room was on the floor above. She had to carry stock up a tight staircase, placing it above head height or at floor level, under counters and in other awkward places.

She began to develop pain in her shoulder. She reported her shoulder problems to her managers, but nothing was done to change things.

Her symptoms got worse with time until she was forced to go off sick and had surgery twice to repair a tear in her rotator cuff. Mrs C contacted Liddys to find out if she had a claim. Liddys advised Mrs C that the system of work was unsafe and took the case on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.

The insurers admitted fault for Mrs C’s condition. Liddy’s obtained a report from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon that found that Mrs C would likely have developed shoulder problems anyway but that her working environment had sped up the process by around two years, meaning that Mrs C was suffering two years of symptoms that she would not have had otherwise.

She left her old job and took up a new job that did not require her to do any lifting. Liddy’s claimed for Mrs C’s injury, together with her loss of earnings. The insurers did not put forward any reasonable offers and Liddy’s issued court proceedings. eventually settling for £31,500 for Mrs C. When asked for her comments on the service provided by Liddy’s Mrs C said “Excellent service – prompt and informative. Thorough and professional at all times”.

If you have suffered an accident at work or in a car or have suffered injury as a result of poor medical care, call us on 01226 731314 to see if we can help. We generally act on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.

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