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Accident at Work

Mr Robertson recently received compensation after sustaining an injury over a period of time while working as a fire extinguisher serviceman. He had been working for several months for a company called Anderstore Ltd at the time.

Mr Hamilton recently received compensation after being involved in an accident at work. As a result of the accident he was left with a broken finger.

The accident at work happened when Mr Hamilton was operating the tail lift of a van which was parked in the company yard. It was at night and the yard was only dimly lit. The previous driver of the van had parked too close to a junction box, and as the tail lift came up Mr Hamilton’s index finger became trapped between it and the junction box.

A haulage worker has received a substantial compensation payout after being injured in an accident at work. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, worked as a shunter helping load pallets on to wagons.

His injury occurred while he was driving a barrow truck for a UK haulage company. He had been reversing the truck in order to straighten it out and then move forward. However, as he did this the truck skidded and spun, throwing him off. When he fell off his leg became trapped between the truck and a wall, crushing his tibia in the process.

Mr Johnson sustained a serious shoulder injury while working. At the time he was working as a shower fitter. He normally worked alone and carried all the fittings by himself. When gripping the edges of a unit in order to fit it he had to stretch his arms to their full span.

A woman recently received compensation after sustaining a manual handling injury at work. She had worked as an administrative assistant before her accident. On the day she sustained her injury, she was asked to collect some boxes from another department. As the boxes were heavy she asked for help, but there was none available. She decided to take a trolley and move them herself. There was no lift in the building however, and in trying to control the full trolley while going down a flight of stairs she injured her shoulder.

A 40 year old man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was awarded compensation following an accident at work where he sustained multiple fractures to his leg. The accident happened when a load on a trolley which he was moving became unbalanced and fell on top of him. After the accident he required surgery and has not been able to return to work since. He now also suffers from depression as a result of the accident at work.

A council electrician recently received compensation after suffering a knee injury at work. At the time of his injury he was doing some renovation work to the wiring of an empty house. As he was going down a flight of stairs in the house, he tripped on an exposed stair gripper and injured his knee.

A police officer from Lothian and Borders Police force has been awarded £200 compensation after he was bitten by a dog whose owner ordered it to attack him.

At a raid in Edinburgh in January PC Andrew McGhee was bitten by the dog and sustained puncture wounds to his bottom after the owner of the dog shouted at the dog to “bite”.

Award winning specialist trade union lawyers Thompsons has secured an excellent sum in compensation for a Unite member following a fall at work.

Mr Rankin who was employed by Rolls Royce was severely injured after falling from height at the company’s Inchinnan base. At the time of the accident in 2008 Mr Rankin had used a fence to steady himself while working from a ladder unaware that someone had placed an additional piece of unsecured fencing alongside the main fence. As a result Mr Rankin suffered a fall which left him with physical and psychological injuries.

He was advised by his union Unite, to contact compensation and personal injury experts Thompsons for help pursuing a claim. Thompsons, who are experts in dealing with trade union cases, raised court proceedings and were able to secure a compensation award for Mr Rankin.

Following this accident Mr Rankin was unable to return to work for almost a year but was fortunate enough to have been paid in full during this time. This meant his claim was purely to compensate him for his injuries. During the course of his leave and throughout the claim he had the full support of his union. Due to being a union member Mr Rankin was also able to retain 100 per cent of his damages.

Thompsons Associate, Laura Connor said: “We were delighted to be able to secure a great award for Mr Rankin which will hopefully go some way towards compensating for his ordeal. As specialist trade union lawyers we have a huge amount of experience in dealing with workplace accidents and have a fantastic proven track record in this field. Mr Rankin was entitled to our services at no cost as a result of his Unite membership which is one of the benefits of joining your trade union.”

If you have been involved in an accident in the workplace, even if you are unsure whether you would be able to claim compensation, contact our  ‘no win no fee’ lawyers today on 0800 0891331 and we can investigate matters for you and advise you on your first step towards receiving compensation.

Sharon McCallum works for Stirling Council as a cleaner in a Primary School.  While doing her routine duties she slipped and fell while cleaning up in the kids toilets. Sharon slipped due to soap leaking out of one of the dispensers on the wall. Now this had been raised by various cleaning staff to school management but it was not investigated by them.

As a result of the accident Sharon suffered a rupture of a tendon on her right thumb.  She required surgery to repair the tendon in her thumb.

Through Sharon's trade union Thompsons took up her claim. Stirling Council tried to settle her case at a lower amount but Thompsons Lawyers continued to argue that Sharon's injuries were serious and a higher level of compensation was required. This was finally agreed by Stirling Council and Sharon was pleased to accept their higher offer. She said "I found my solicitor at Thompsons to be very helpful. I felt I got the best possible legal advice and was always kept informed. The moment there was a development in my case Thompsons were on the phone. At the end of the day I got the result that I wanted. I've since recommended Thompsons to a friend of mine who had a legal issue and she's been very happy with them too."

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