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Construction worker who lost thumb wins £92,500

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When a construction worker lost his thumb in traumatic circumstances at work in 2014, he was left with ongoing physical and psychological damage which will follow him for the rest of his life.

Our legal team recognised, that despite the severity of the injury, there was so much more to consider moving forward in order to reach a fair settlement that reflected the ongoing pain caused by the incident. We were proud to help our client recover £92,500 in compensation from their employer to help adapt to his new way of life.

A traumatic workplace injury

Mr Marks was working at his job as a Construction Machine Mechanic in November 2014 when he was asked to refuel a cement mixer’s engine. In order to do this, he needed to lift the lid on the engine which was then held in place with a catch while refuelling took place.

Because the electric starter had been removed by his employer, Mr Marks had to manually pull a cord to start the engine. Without warning, the catch holding the cover failed and the entire cover fell onto Mr Mark’s thumb, amputating the top of it.

While Mr Marks had surgery to salvage what was left of the thumb, he was left with phantom pain symptoms, loss of grip strength, cold intolerance, and stiffness. The result was that it was increasingly difficult to perform tasks both at work and at home.

Pushing for significant compensation for a significant injury

While Mr Marks’s employer did admit they were at fault for the accident, they also alleged that he was partly to blame for the way in which it occurred due to where he positioned his hand. This was obviously strongly denied by the Claimant. Our solicitor Robert Weeden issued court proceedings against the Defendant, sticking by his client every step of the way and refusing to budge from the position that he should not be held responsible in any way for the incident.

Determination and hard work win the day

Robert Weeden and our legal team fought the case that the victim performed his duties with the utmost care, and that the incident was entirely out of his control. They reached an out of court settlement with Mr Marks’s employer for £92,500 which will allow him to purchase aids for around the house, prosthetics, and other ways to make living his life moving forward as normal as possible.

Mr Marks was extremely happy with the way that Rob Weeden and his team had run his case to a successful conclusion without the need to proceed to a trial, “Thank you all again for your continued work and hard work for the last couple of years on my work injury claim, you have made the process very easy and I was kept informed at all times of the procedures.

“I will definitely be recommending your services to those who could benefit from the amazing services and quality on offer at Express Solicitors”.

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