In this case study, we share a client story from Dean who was injured in an accident at work in August 2018. We recently settled his personal injury claim for a substantial six-figures.
Accident at Work
At the time of his accident, Dean was 50 years old and worked as a Senior Field Service Engineer. The accident occurred when he was cutting a pipe with a grinding tool. Dean suffered a serious laceration injury to his left, dominant arm.Dean underwent extensive emergency surgery to repair the damage to his wrist. He has since had two more surgeries and was waiting for a third.
The most significant injury caused by the blade of the grinder was a 60% division of the median nerve. He also suffered a laceration which divided two wrist tendons, and one of the tendons to the thumb. There was also a partial injury to the radial artery.
The Impact of the Accident
Surgery resulted in a satisfactory outcome from the repair to the tendons and radial artery, however Dean developed a neuroma of the median nerve and he lives with neuropathic pain. He has reduced sensation and grip in his left, dominant hand. Both manual and domestic tasks were now difficult, and he was unable to return to the manual hands-on role of Senior Field Service Engineer.
His employer, the Defendant, treated Dean very well after the accident and he didn’t immediately decide to claim personal injury damages for his injuries. After he had recovered sufficiently from the first operation, Dean returned to office work in a different position, where he was providing training for others as an area manager.
Unfortunately, and like many people in 2020, his job was no longer viable during the Covid-19 pandemic and Dean was placed on furlough. Dean and his family were unable to get by on a reduced basic salary, and he accepted redundancy in May 2020. Experiencing unemployment for the first time in his adult life, Dean began to suffer with depression and a feeling of worthlessness.
Personal Injury Claim with Alma Law
Dean contacted Alma Law in June 2020 after being recommended by a work colleague who knew Grant Evatt from their Army days.
Dean credits Grant for bringing him out of his depression, by taking a hands-on, positive approach from day one. Grant immediately put Dean at ease and took steps to investigate exactly how and why the accident happened and to obtain the relevant accident and works records from the Defendant.
Several months after they had been served with a detailed letter of claim, and before they had responded to the claim, the Defendant’s made a substantial pre-action offer of damages to settle Dean’s case without any admission or denial of liability. Meanwhile, we had already obtained expert medical evidence from a specialist in hand and arm injuries and, in less than one year, and without having to start Court proceedings, we negotiated a significant full and final settlement of his claim with the Defendant’s legal representatives.
The Future for Dean
Dean is delighted that his case settled quickly, and out of court and is now in a much better situation. The settlement has taken the stress and pressure away, and once he has recovered from his final operation, he plans to use the damages to help him study on a project management course, which will enable him to find a new job.
Grant has also put Dean in touch with Independent Financial Advisors who will help Dean to secure and invest his damages.
“Grant put me at ease from day one and is more than just a solicitor. He regularly rings me to check in and see how I am, going above and beyond his role. A weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can now move forward with my life following the accident.
My advice to anyone making a personal injury claim, is to use Alma Law. My experience has been so positive, the effort and way things are done is superb. I know that other people have had cases drag on, but mine was dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Thank you for doing such a fantastic job, I will definitely be recommending you to other people.”
Grant his solicitor
This was at first sight a very serious injury and it was only through the quick reactions of Dean, his work colleagues and by the skill and dedication of the NHS doctors and nurses that his injury was repaired, albeit, he has been left with noticeable scarring, pain, and discomfort to this day. It can sometimes be difficult to confidently pursue a personal injury claim for an accident at work when the incident occurred, as in the case, almost 2-years beforehand. Whilst ultimately, we had to make a court application in order to obtain the accident and works records from the Defendant, once we had done so it soon became clear to the parties that whilst liability for the accident itself was not straightforward, an early solution made good sense for all concerned. It was a privilege to represent Dean and we wish him every success.