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Compensation for farmhand amputation after forklift accident

Partial loss of finger settlement of £70,000

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4 July 2011

The specialist personal injury team at Leigh Day has secured a settlement for a farmhand who suffered a partial amputation of his little finger and the partial loss of function in his thumb as a result of a farming accident. 

The accident happened when our client, Mr S, was asked to assist in moving some ‘H’ shaped steel girders.  Rather than using the usual and safe method of lifting the girders out of the ground Mr S’s supervisor wanted to lift them straight on to the tines of a forklift truck.  Earlier in the day Mr S had used the safer and more usual methods of attaching chains to the H girder and lifting it out of the ground.

Hand trapped by girder

Our client’s supervisor felt that the safer method would take too much time and therefore decided to lift the girders in an unconventional manner, not taking account of the risks involved.  The supervisor lifted the girder onto the tines of the forklift truck which predictably made the girder very unstable.  It slipped and fell towards Mr S, trapping his right hand.

As a result of the accident Mr S sustained a crush injury to his right hand and underwent an amputation to the top part of his little finger.  The injury also resulted in partial loss of function in his thumb. Mr S will now be permanently restricted in everyday activities such as opening jars, writing, using cutlery and picking up objects.

Personal injury solicitor Zahra Nanji who handled the case on behalf of Mr S obtained reports from hand specialists to reflect the serious impact of the crush injury.  As a result of medical evidence a settlement of £70,000 was negotiated before court action was taken.

Zahra said:

“Although it is sometimes tempting to take short cuts to complete a job the risks involved must always be considered.  Mr S’ case is a perfect example of what can go wrong when a job is not planned correctly.  The risk of injury would have been obvious if a proper assessment had been made and Mr S would not have suffered an injury that will affect him for the rest of his life. A simple assessment of how a job should be carried out safely can enable employers to minimize or reduce the risk of an accident happening thus reducing the risk of injury. 

To speak to one of our specialist accident at work lawyers in the firm’s highly rated personal injury team please contact us on 020 76590 1200 and ask to speak to Zahra Nanji for a free initial consultation.

Leigh Day and amputation claims

Our specialist team of amputation lawyers has extensive experience acting for amputees and a deep understanding of what needs to be done to maximise our clients' rehabilitation and damages awards.  We have secured significant amounts of compensation for clients who have been affected by amputation after being injured:

  •   In car crashes
  •   In accidents at work
  •   As a result of clinical or medical negligence

Serious injury specialist law firm Leigh Day is recognised as one of the country's best firms of solicitors able to represent clients with complex and serious injury claims. Our personal injury partner, Kevin Johnson, is a member of the Law Society's personal injury panel. Our work with the Limbless Association, the Douglas Bader Foundation and membership of the Associate Parliamentary Limb Loss Group, has enabled us develop a keen understanding of the issues surrounding amputees.

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