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Accidents at Work News July to December 2011

Thompsons Solicitors have a long history of fighting for the rights of injured workers. We have teams of expert solicitors based across the UK who specialise exclusively in personal injury claims involving accidents at work. We regularly publish news stories about workplace accident claims we have dealt with and interesting cases and articles published in the press and you will find links to a selection of these below:

Links to press releases for other periods can be found on the main Accidents at Work News page.


30th December 2011

Civil servant receives compensation after cleaner caused tripping hazard

A civil servant has received £8,000 in compensation after needing surgery following a fall in the workplace.


29th December 2011

Nurse’s eight year battle finally pays off

A nurse has received £195,000 in compensation more than seven years after he was badly injured by a patient at North Tyneside Hospital.


22nd December 2011

Union urges members to seek independent legal advice

A PCS member has advised colleagues involved in workplace accidents to get independent advice through the union's free legal service after he found himself out of his depth dealing with a compensation claim for a damaged ankle.


20th December 2011

BAE pay damages after employee falls in car park

A logistics worker at BAE systems who needed surgery on his knee after he fell in a pot hole in the firm's car park has received compensation after help from his trade union.


16th December 2011

Injured GMB member threatened with the sack after pursuing compensation

A GMB member who suffered permanent damage to his hand in a workplace accident and whose employers threatened to make him redundant when he pursued a claim for compensation has finally received damages after help from the union's solicitors.


15th December 2011

Amusement arcade pays compensation after failing to train staff

An amusement arcade worker who permanently damaged his shoulder and neck whilst moving a heavy games machine has received compensation from his former employers.


13th December 2011

Bristol man becomes bionic

A man who lost his fingers in an industrial accident has been given a second chance to carry on life as normal thanks to cutting edge prosthetic technology and a compensation claim won by Thompsons Solicitors with the backing of Unite the union.


13th December 2011

Engineer compensated after fall through unstable roof

A Unite the Union member who has been left permanently disabled after he seriously damaged his arm when he fell through a roof at work has received more than £164,000 in compensation.


8th December 2011

Railway worker receives £750,000 after legs severed by train

A railway worker who lost both legs after they were run over by a train has received £750,000 in compensation.


6th December 2011

Welder injured in scaffolding fall

A welder who suffered multiple injuries when he fell because a scaffolding pole had not been properly secured has been compensated for his injuries.


30th November 2011

Man receives damages after suffering hernia after moving a 10 tonne structure

A Unite member who needed surgery to correct a hernia when he was injured at work has received compensation after help from his trade union.


23rd November 2011

Lorry driver whose career was ended by workplace accident receives compensation

A lorry driver whose career was ended after he badly broke his wrist in a workplace accident has received compensation from his employers.


21st November 2011

Apprentice compensated after workplace accident brought training to an end

An apprentice plater who was badly injured and forced to delay his training after a 37-stone steel structure broke his foot in a workplace accident has received compensation after help from his trade union.


10th November 2011

Parcel firm pays out to lorry driver injured by faulty equipment

An HGV driver who broke his wrist when he fell 12ft after using a faulty piece of equipment has received compensation after help from his trade union.


7th November 2011

Fire service employee receives damages after office accident

A fire service control worker who suffered multiple injuries when four wall mounted video display panels fell on her has received compensation.


11th October 2011

Beer can manufacturer compensates worker for head injury

A Unite the union member who ended up with a 15 centimetre scar on his scalp because he wasn't provided with suitable head protection has received compensation with help from his union.


10th October 2011

GlaxoSmithKline pays compensation after failing to maintain work equipment

A pharmaceutical company which provided a faulty bicycle for employees to get around it's site has paid compensation to a worker who suffered a broken ankle whilst using it.


6th October 2011

BAE systems pay compensation after accident with antiquated machine

A Unite the union member who was injured by an antiquated, faulty machine at work has received compensation from his employers.


5th October 2011

Lorry driver injured by 35 kilo bar receives compensation

A lorry driver who suffered a back injury caused by a 35 kilo steel bar has received £8,500 compensation with help from his trade union.


4th October 2011

Sellafield nuclear worker compensated for injury caused by faulty equipment

A nuclear power worker who suffered a knee injury caused by a piece of faulty equipment at work has received compensation with help from his trade union.


28th September 2011

Restaurant pays compensation to waitress after fracturing pelvis

A waitress who broke her pelvis after she slipped on a wet floor in her workplace has received £6,000 in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


26th September 2011

Southern Cross pays compensation to injured carer

A care worker who gave up her career after she damaged her back in a work place accident has received compensation from her former employers.


23rd September 2011

Thompsons Solicitors celebrates 90 years fighting for justice for injured people

Thompsons Solicitors, the most experienced personal injury law firm in the UK, is celebrating 90 years since being established in September 1921.


9th September 2011

Tetley pays compensation to worker injured in manual handling accident

Tea giant Tetley has paid compensation to one of its former employees after she suffered a serious shoulder injury at its factory in Stockton on Tees.


7th September 2011

Contractor receives compensation after using faulty piece of equipment

A self employed metal worker whose fingers were severed by a faulty piece of equipment has received a substantial six figure sum in compensation.


25th August 2011

Council employee of 26 years compensated for back injury

A carer who was forced to take early retirement after she severely damaged her back when her employers refused to invest in new equipment has received a substantial sum in compensation.


23rd August 2011

PCS member receives compensation after infected insect bite

A PCS member has received compensation after she suffered a septic insect bite at work when her employers failed to keep her offices clean.


18th August 2011

Manual handling training reminder after garden centre accident

A garden centre worker who damaged his back during a workplace accident has warned employers to make sure employees are trained in manual handling techniques.


16th August 2011

Compensation for driver with crushed foot

A coach driver employed by Veolia Transport has received £6,000 in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors when his foot was crushed in a workplace accident.


10th August 2011

Employers reminded about working at height regulations after electrician receives compensation

A man who suffered a back injury after falling from a ladder being used inappropriately is a stark reminder to employers whose staff work at height about the importance of using the correct equipment.


27th July 2011

Caretaker exposed to noxious fumes receives compensation

A caretaker who was exposed to noxious fumes by his employers, causing him to pass out and injure his ribs has received damages after help from his trade union.


26th July 2011

Trainee furnace man compensated after being injured twice in a fortnight at workplace

A GMB member who was injured in the workplace twice in a fortnight has received £8,000 in compensation after help from his union's lawyers.


18th July 2011

Nurse compensated after fall in reception

A nurse who needs risky surgery on her spine after she slipped on a wet floor at work has received £17,500 in compensation after help from her trade union.


14th July 2011

Firm pays compensation after pothole causes forklift accident

A fork lift truck driver who was left with an eight inch scar on his arm after an accident in the workplace has received compensation following help from his trade union.


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