News article published on: 20th June 2012
Osbornes were instructed after our client, a hotel barman fell down a flight of stairs at work.
The man had been asked to carry a box of wine into the cellar. This would normally have been taken down to the cellar in the lift, but the lift was out of order, and had been for a few weeks. The steps were wet because it had been raining outside and water had leaked under the cellar door and onto the stairs. Our client’s employer had installed a non-slip surface on the stairs in question but this had proved to be ineffective
A claim was therefore made under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, as our client’s employer had failed to ensure that the area was effectively drained, and that the stairs were not slippery.
Liability was initially contested by the defendant, before finally being admitted about 6 months after the end of the protocol period.
Our client sustained soft tissue injuries to his lower back, which are still causing him discomfort two and a half years after the accident. He was off work for several months and then resumed work on a part time basis, meaning he lost a considerable amount of earnings, which we were able to recover for him. In total the case was settled about two and a half years after client’s accident with our client receiving £24,000 in compensation.
If you have been injured in an accident, including an accident at work you may be entitled to claim compensation. To find out whether you can make a claim for compensation contact our personal injury department:
Stuart Kightley is a recommended Personal Injury Lawyer in London by legal directory Chambers & Partners. The Personal Injury team is also recommended in the Legal 500 directory. If you have been involved in an accident, Osbornes Solicitors can help you claim compensation on a no win no fee basis.