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New labourer wins over £16,000 compensation for tripping over a hidden wire

Starting a new job is always daunting, but usually with a bit of training you expect to find your feet. This was not the case for a builder’s labourer who lost his footing in an accident at work, just three weeks into his new job.

The labourer, who was in his late 50’s, was left with significant injuries when the construction accident happened. Under instruction from his manager he had gone to fetch some materials and tripped over a heavy duty steel wire that was protruding from the ground. The gentleman immediately fell to the ground, landing on his left side injuring his shoulder and ribs and fracturing his elbow. The tear to his shoulder left him with mild residual symptoms and permanent pain.

The gentleman came to see Bartletts personal injury solicitors in Chester for advice. Our priority was to get the claim underway as swiftly as possible as he was a casual labourer and was unable to work due to his injuries.

We were quickly able to get his employers to admit liability establishing that the employers were in breach of their statutory duty to provide a safe working environment.

Bartletts Solicitors negotiated a settlement of over £16,000 on his behalf for compensation for injuries and loss of earnings. As part of the settlement the gentleman even received health care from a private consultant, paid for by his employer’s insurers.