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19th December 2016

Unite member receives £75,000 settlement following accident at work

Marc suffered a deep laceration to his hand

A County Durham man who suffered a deep laceration injury and nerve damage to his right hand in an accident at work has secured £75,000 in damages.

Tool prep technician, Marc Jobes, was talking to a colleague in the tool room at Kobusch UK Ltd’s food packaging factory, near Stanley, when he lost his balance and put his hand on a work bench to steady himself.

Unbeknown to the 27-year-old, a set of blades had not been put away after use and, as he balanced himself, his right hand landed on a blade, cutting into him and damaging nerves in his hand.

Marc was treated by first aid staff before being taken to hospital where he had surgery. As a result of his injury, he had two months off work before returning on light duties. The accident happened four years ago, but he continues to suffer from numbness and cramp in his hand.

Marc contacted his trade union, Unite, for advice. Through Unite Legal Services, Marc instructed accident at work specialists, Thompsons Solicitors, to make a compensation claim.

He said: “In my line of work I have to use my hands all the time. Frustratingly, I have had pain in my right hand since the accident and I’ve been warned by doctors that my condition might get worse, which does make me very worried about whether I’ll be able to continue working in the future.

“Doing things like shopping and driving have become quite difficult but I’ve just had to grin and bear it. Thankfully, my union membership meant I had access to Unite Legal Services and Thompsons Solicitors, who looked out for me and made sure I received money that can be put towards any future surgery or rehabilitation that I might need.”

Karen Reay, North East, Yorkshire and Humberside regional secretary at Unite the Union, said: “Kobusch failed to ensure that its staff followed basic health and safety protocols, such as putting away dangerous equipment after use, leaving employees vulnerable. Marc suffered a preventable injury that will have a long term impact on his life.

“As a member of Unite the union, Marc received expert legal support which meant he got the maximum compensation and kept 100% of that with no deductions.”

Accident at Work Compensation Claim Advice

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Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist accident at work solicitors and lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.