UK personal injury solicitor sets out how to claim compensation for a prolapsed thoracic spinal disc, shoulder muscle tears and a fractured elbow from a fall at work in a factory.
Factory Work Accident Victim Question
I work in a factory in Rotherham. A few weeks ago – I fell over a pallet, which had been positioned a foot or so behind me by a co-worker using a hand held pallet truck. I was completely unaware of the pallet and as I turned around my foot caught the side of the pallet and I fell.
I landed with all my weight on my left side.
I felt pain in the middle of my back, my elbow and shoulder. I was assisted by a colleague and taken by first aid to hospital.
I was diagnosed with a prolapsed disc in my thoracic spine, strained muscles in my shoulder and an undisplaced fracture to my elbow.
Can I claim compensation from my employer and if so what is an average compensation payout for a prolapsed disc in my thoracic spine, a fractured elbow and torn muscles in my shoulder?
Work Accident Solicitor Response
There could well be a claim against your employer for your accident – an employer is responsible for the negligence of its workers through a principle known as vicarious liability.
It seems dangerous to position a pallet so close behind your work position without warning. It is the responsibility of an employer to operate a safe system of work and keep a workplace clear of tripping hazards.
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the exact nature of your injuries and how long any on-going symptoms could last together with the risk of disability.
Your solicitor can only determine this based on a medical report produced by an independent medical expert properly instructed by your solicitor. The proper expert for your injuries is likely to be an orthopaedic surgeon.
Average Compensation Amount Calculator
I have written articles describing how much compensation you can recover for all types of injuries to your spine, shoulder and elbow.
Click spinal injury claim to how to calculate compensation amounts for injuries to the back and spine.
Click shoulder strain injury claims to see an average compensation payout calculator for strained, torn shoulder muscles and other shoulder injuries.
Click fractured elbow injury claims to how much average claim payouts are likely to be for a fractured elbow.
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