Worker awarded eight times the first compensation offer

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A 46-year-old man was involved in a workplace accident when he was working for a local authority. He was unloading the back of a van at work when he fell backwards and broke his elbow and wrist.

His injuries did not heal as expected and he was left with long standing injuries. He needed surgery but his injuries were complicated by a pre-existing injury to his wrist and another fall.

He also suffered psychological injuries from the accident and the impact his injuries had on his daily life. He used to enjoy getting out and going fishing, kayaking and archery but instead he was left reliant on his family for simple everyday tasks.

He was unable to work for a long period of time which also had a detrimental impact on his mental health.

The local authority completely denied any responsibility for the accident. Our personal injury lawyers in Glasgow held their position that the system of work was unsafe and the local authority failed to risk assess the task.

Our client was not protected by his employers whilst he was working for them.

They eventually made a number of settlement offers but these were rejected as they did not fairly compensate our client for his injuries and losses.

Ultimately, the case settled for 8 times the original settlement offer shortly before it was due in court after a hard fought dispute with the local authority.

The local authority hoped to buy off the claim cheaply but our solicitors were committed to getting the best result for our client and carried out all investigations necessary.

“Digby Brown were recommended to me by a work colleague. At every meeting with them, I was made to feel very welcome and relaxed.

“Their dedication and hard work got me more compensation that I expected and I would recommend them to anyone."

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