Thursday, April 04, 2013
Accident at work leaves Highland man with severe neck injuries
Digby Brown’s client was injured in an accident at work. The heavy industrial vehicle he was driving overturned while attempting to clear a forest path in severe weather in the north of Scotland. He was left with severe neck injuries.
The individuals’ injuries were not initially diagnosed. By the time they were, he faced an operation which carried the risk of long term impairment if unsuccessful. The operation was a success but our client was not able to return to work, causing him significant stress and financial worry.
Using our comprehensive legal expense and insurance package, we were able to ensure our client got the medical treatment and expert opinions needed to prove his case and, after rejecting two initial offers that under-valued his claim, we secured £30,000 in compensation, giving him financial peace of mind.
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.
Home rennovation accident in Edinburgh has medical, financial effect
Mr X was employed as a plasterer. He was working on a home renovation in Edinburgh when the ladder he was using slipped from under him. He fell to the ground, fracturing his foot and ankle. The fractures were severe enough to require an operation and metal pins to be inserted. He was unable to bear weight on this leg for three months, leaving him completely housebound.
The accident affected Mr X financially. During his absence from work as a result of his injuries, Mr X was paid Statutory Sick Pay. However, when this ran out after 28 weeks, he had no way to meet his mortgage payments or other living expenses. Digby Brown immediately took steps to obtain an interim payment from the defender's, securing a much needed £10,000 and ensuring Mr X could meet his immediate expenses.
The case settled out of court a year after the accident. Mr X has continued to suffer from ongoing pain and problems caused by his accident, requiring a second operation and the continued use of one crutch to get about.
The case settled for £75,000 – a 50% increase in the initial offer made by the insurers to Mr X. Our client appreciated the need, in cases like his, to use the specialists skills and expertise of Digby Brown. Without these, the insurers would have kept back £25,000 and left Mr X without the proper amount of compensation to ensure his financially secure future.