Thursday, April 04, 2013
4x initial offer achieved in West of Scotland Industrial Disease case
We represented a man who had developed Vibration White Finger, a condition affecting the nerves and blood vessels supplying the fingers, through prolonged use of stihl saws and other equipment. His use of this equipment at work was often well in excess of the amount of time generally considered safe.
Our client continued to work after his diagnosis, even though he did not receive any assistance or changes to his working conditions. With his employers unwilling to take responsibility or clarify his employment position or entitlements, Digby Brown raised proceedings in the Court of Session to progress the case.
A settlement of £40,000 was achieved, four times an initial offer of £10,000 made by insurers on behalf clients’ employers.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Client’s life ten years on shows the difference fair compensation can make
At Digby Brown, we understand that an accident that wasn’t your fault can affect many areas of your life for years afterwards.
There will be some things that compensation can’t replace but we know the difference that having financial security can make and will do everything we can to get every client the compensation they deserve.
Our clients tell us about the difference compensation has made to their lives – the email reproduced below is from a client whose case settled ten years ago but whose life continues to be improved by the compensation Digby Brown secured. The case was managed by Sue Grant, Digby Brown partner and head of our Clinical Negligence Department.
Ten years ago, on 14 January 2003, a new life began for me when my case settled out of court just before it was due to be heard at the Court of Session. I remember hugging you and shaking hands with our Advocate - today I'd probably hug him too!
It's just over 15 years since a heavy panel fell on me while at a sports centre in Edinburgh. Shortly afterwards, you may remember, you took on my case and worked tirelessly on my behalf until that January day in Parliament Hall. Since then, I've had frustrating problems from time to time but I've also had some very happy times and have had a fair bit of success with my new pastime, writing. And thanks to the settlement I have been able to recover without having to worry about money.
I'd just like to thank you once again for all your hard work and also for your personal support in a dark period of my life when, looking back, I was in a very fragile state.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Accident at work aboard tanker vehicle in Lanarkshire
As part of his duties at work, Mr X was required to transport waste material in a tanker vehicle to a landfill site in Lanarkshire. Mr X was required to clean the inside of the tanker. The only way to do this was to climb over the back of the tanker and then climb inside it
While trying to clean out a tanker in September 2011, Mr X slipped and landed on a sharp metal handle attached to a valve on the tanker. The handle penetrated his scrotum. Mr X was taken to hospital in an ambulance and received stitches. Following the accident, Mr X experienced difficulty driving as the vibrations from a vehicle caused him pain and discomfort.
His employers repeatedly ignored Mr X's request for compensation. Thankfully, because of the help he received from Digby Brown, Mr X was able to obtain £1,500 in compensation, with his case concluding in August 2012.