Our client was employed as a dump truck driver on a construction site, but was instructed by his employer to clean the tailgate of a tipper lorry that had delivered sand to the site.
A large amount of sand was still stuck to the side of the lorry’s skip and whilst the client was cleaning the tailgate, the sand suddenly dislodged and fell on our client, breaking his leg in two places.
The severity of the injury left our client immobile and dependent on crutches for a long period. Our client was unable to work for approximately 9 months and required care and support to complete daily tasks. Since he was a European National and had no family nearby, his mother had to fly over to the UK to stay with him during his recuperation, and in doing so had to give up her job back home.
Our client’s priority was to return to work and regain an independent lifestyle.
The possibility of further surgery to strengthen his leg had been discussed with our client and he was keen to proceed, but the surgery was expensive.
Leigh Woodham, Personal Injury Specialist, led the case and negotiated a settlement with the insurers, which included damages not just for his pain and suffering, but also reimbursement for the lost earnings that he and his mother suffered. The cost of his mother’s flights to and from the UK were also recovered, and the negotiated settlement allowed our client to arrange the surgery he wanted with a surgeon of his choice.