A man whose back was seriously injured in a warehouse accident has won £25,000 in compensation.
The man was using an order picking truck when the accident happened. His vehicle was stationary when one driven by a colleague smashed into him, resulting in the injury.
The incident was caught on CCTV, which showed that the man’s colleague was clearly at fault.
The man required long-term physiotherapy as well as chiropractic treatment. For several months after the accident he was unable to return to work and eventually he had no choice but to change his job.
A claim was brought against the man’s former employer on the ground that it was vicariously responsible for the negligence of the employee who caused the accident. Although the company admitted liability for what happened, it was slow to make any offer of compensation and so court proceedings were commenced.
Before the case was heard, however, the company agreed to pay a £25,000 settlement in compensation for the man’s injuries and loss of earnings as well as for his treatment, care and medication costs.