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Substantial damages awarded to amputee

Leonard Ashworth has received compensation after losing his right leg below the knee after an accident at work

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12 March 2009

Leigh Day & Co client, Leonard Ashworth, has recovered substantial damages as a result of an accident at work in September 2006, which resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee. The compensation will provide essential financial support paying for prosthetic limbs and adaptations to Mr Ashworth’s house.

Mr Ashworth was working as an engineering fitter at a paper manufacturing company in Kent as part of a maintenance crew which was replacing a 4.5 tonne roll from a paper manufacturing machine. After the roll had been removed and lowered onto a trolley, it was being manoeuvred out of the premises when a metal grate under the wheels of the trolley gave way causing the roll to fall towards Mr Ashworth. It crushed his leg and despite the best efforts of the Medway Maritime Hospital, his leg had to be amputated the next day. Although he was past state retirement age at the date of the accident, Leonard has made a remarkable recovery and adapted incredibly well to his life changing injuries. An early interim payment allowed him to purchase an adapted vehicle and since then he has gone on to several DIY projects around his garden to enable easy access. The settlement of his claim will now allow Leonard and his family to put the accident behind them and move on with their lives so that Leonard can enjoy his retirement.

Please contact Daniel Easton for more information.

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