£19,000 Awarded to HGV Driver Injured at Work

Kevin Watts was injured in an accident which occurred at his place of work in August 2013. Mr Watts was employed on an agency basis, as a HGV driver and his injury occurred when a pump truck fell off the back of a tailgate, causing him to wrench his left shoulder, neck and striking his left elbow.

Liability for the accident was admitted by Mr Watts’ employers. Mr Watts relied upon medical evidence from an Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Consultant Psychologist to assess his injuries and prognosis. Mr Watts’ left shoulder and elbow injury resolved after 5 weeks and his neck injury would be likely to resolve by 12 – 18 months post-accident, and he would be unable to carry out a HGV driving role during this time.

Mr Watts also suffered an adjustment disorder with anxiety and depression.  Severe symptoms lasted for 4 – 5 months, with on-going symptoms expected to settle within 6 – 9 months of the report.  Mr Watts would be unable to return to HGV work as this would cause a re-lapse of his psychological symptoms.

Mr Watts claimed compensation for his injuries, along with his out of pocket expenses. Mr Watts felt that his age, and his inability to perform HGV driving work would restrict his opportunities on the open labour market.

An initial interim payment was obtained in the sum of £2,000 and thanks to the work of Assistant Solicitor, Kate Sanderson, the case settled in the sum of £19,000 despite an initial offer of £13,500. If you have sustained an injury at work through no fault of your own and would like to receive legal advice and compensation for your injuries, please call Express Solicitors on 0845 456 4007.

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