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Back Injury At Work

Janet sustained a soft tissue injury to her back whilst at work. She was in the process of having to manually push a large and extremely heavy pressing tool into place due to the fact that the hydraulics on the tool were not working properly. During the course of doing this Janet sustained a lower back injury.

We wrote to her employer approximately six weeks after the accident had taken place. Fault for the accident (ie liability) was not initially admitted by her employer's insurance company. An application to the local County Court was required so that all of the documents we had requested from the employer to prove responsibility for the accident would at last be provided. The application was successful, subsequently followed by an admission of primary liability five months after we had first written to her employer. They confirmed that there would be no allegations of contributory negligence (ie fault on Janet's part) raised against Janet one month later.

We obtained supportive medical evidence from an orthopaedic consultant and also from a clinical psychologist. The orthopaedic consultant was of the view that Janet had recovered from her physical injuries within approximately 3 4 months of the accident and at the most 6 months. He recommended that a report be obtained from a clinical psychologist in an attempt to explain Janet's ongoing symptoms. The clinical psychologist whom we instructed confirmed that Janet was suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mood disturbance, but without actually suffering from fully blown PTSD itself. The psychologist expressed his opinion that Janet's psychological symptoms would recede 3 6 months from the date of his examination.

Janet's recoverable out of pocket expenses were minimal and we were ultimately able to secure a compensation sum of £4,000.00 for her.

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