Client felt disloyal pursuing work accident claim but needed to secure his family’s future

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Mr S. injured his left hand in a work accident, affecting his ability to work in the future. He came to Digby Brown for legal advice about pursing compensation and securing his, and his family’s, future.

Impact of accident

Mr S. severed his nerves and tendons in his fingers and thumb on his left hand, affecting his sensory awareness.

Off work for 2 months

Mr S. was off work for over 2 months and when he did return, he was on light duties and carrying out paperwork.

Left company and returned to previous job

He decided after several months to leave the company and return to his previous job which was more hands-on as he felt this would be the better option for his hand.

He still has limitations with his hand now, although there have been some improvements. Mr S. can carry out heavy lifting tasks, however, finds intricate work such as handling nails and bolts very difficult.

How did you feel about making a work accident claim?

“I’m a loyal person and I felt if I put a claim in against my employer I would be doing something wrong, it was the way I was brought up.”

“After speaking to friends and family though I decided to take it further. I didn’t know what the future held with my hand and if it would be unusable in the future or if I could continue to work. I needed some security.”

Decided to get in touch with Digby Brown 2 years after work accident

After speaking to our legal team and finding out his options, he decided to go ahead with a work accident claim.

“I am glad now that I went through the process of making a claim. At the time I was nervous but I imagine that’s pretty natural. I was worried my employer would give me a bad reference or bad word of mouth.”

Digby Brown secured £120,000 compensation for work accident

Using no win no fee funding, Compensate, our personal injury solicitors gathered expert medical reports on Mr S.'s injury and how this was likely to impact on his employment in the future.

Our solicitors also rebuffed defender’s arguments that Mr S. was 20% to blame for the accident and this was not deducted in the final agreed settlement sum.

As no offers to compensate our client were forthcoming, our personal injury solicitors raised court proceedings, and secured £120,000.

How did you find it dealing with Digby Brown?

“The service was second to none. My solicitor was very switched on and I was always kept in the loop if anything changed.

"The compensation has secured my future and my daughters’ future which was my main priority."