Offshore worker receives over £500,000 after serious hand injury on North Sea rig

Oil platform

An offshore worker came to Digby Brown for help after his hand was crushed in an accident while he was offshore.

The rig doctor cut his gloves off to check the wound but it was clear our client’s hand was seriously injured.

He was given a splint and morphine before being taken to hospital on mainland via helicopter – but by the time he reached the hospital he needed emergency surgery for his injuries.

The injury was life-changing for our client and meant that he was unable to return to his previous role within the company.

Neil Davidson, Partner in our Aberdeen office and head of the specialist offshore injuries team, took on the case and investigated the circumstances of the incident.

After raising a legal action he was able to prove our client was in no way at fault for the accident.

Simply put, his employers had a duty of care to provide him with a safe working environment and the right training for specific tasks and in this instance, that did not happen.

That made the employer negligent - and that entitled our client to fair compensation.