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Thompsons work accident solicitors in Scotland were contacted by a woman from Prestwick, South Ayrshire, in relation to the injuries she had sustained after tripping in her workplace.

The background

The claimant suffered her workplace trip accident while working as a slitting team member for a garment manufacturer in Scotland.

On the day of the accident, in February 2017, our client had been having her lunch in the work canteen and was descending a staircase to return to her duties when her foot became caught on loose lino on one of the steps, causing her to fall.

She was immediately assisted by colleagues and once a manager had been called, was taken to the first-aid room where, suffering from a bleeding leg, she was assessed by a first aider. Her leg was immediately very sore and the first-aider gave her an ice-pack.

The consequences

Two days following her accident, our client attended Ayr Hospital's accident and emergency department where she was x-rayed and diagnosed with a large haematoma on her leg which was causing symptoms of pain and swelling. She was advised to take pain relief.

Although she did not take any time off following her accident and did not lose out on any earnings, she was left with reduced mobility as well as reduced ability to perform certain domestic tasks independently.

Our client was aware that cleaners had been asking for the lino on the stairs to be repaired and in the days following the trip accident hazard warning tape was applied to the stairs.

The settlement

After being contacted by Thompsons Solicitors, the defendant accepted liability for the workplace trip accident.

They offered the defendant a compensation settlement of £2,000. This was rejected on the member's instructions but a later offer of £2,500 was accepted and then finalised on 2 December 2019.

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