Warehouse worker wins damages after fall from height causes him to lose leg
Posted: 30th August 2015
Posted in: Falls from Heights Foot Injuries Leg Injuries Workplace Injuries
A warehouse worker from Plymouth has been awarded more than £500,000 in compensation after falling from a height, causing him to have his leg amputated. 47-year-old Mark Jeffery fell while cleaning out the guttering of his employer’s Plymouth-based premises ten years ago, leaving him with a shattered leg, ankle and foot. Following a total of thirteen operations to recover his leg, eight years later Mr Jeffery was forced to have his lower leg amputated.
Before his accident, Mr Jeffery was described as a ‘fit and active man’, always taking part in physical activities with his wife and three children. It was heard that the loss of his leg not only resulted in him being unable to take part in sports, but he also suffered psychologically. He was offered counselling, pain management sessions and physiotherapy, which all assisted him in his recovery.
“inspired to help others”
Mr Jeffery’s employer admitted to health and safety failings, which resulted in him winning damages of £530,000. This compensated him for the pain and suffering caused by the injury, loss of earnings, and also enabled him to start retraining in a non-manual career.
His lawyer stated: “The ordeal that Mark has been through could have easily been avoided … It is great to hear that Mark has been inspired to help others going through similar unfortunate circumstances.”
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