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Forklift truck driver receives damages following accident at work

Louise Jukes, Senior Associate at Hodge Jones & Allen has successfully represented a driver injured at work when a heavy concrete block was being moved and it dropped hitting some timber causing it to fall, injuring his leg and crushing his ankle.

Louise’s client sustained a significant injury to his right lower limb in the form of an open medial malleolar ankle fracture together with severe soft tissue damage to the inside of the ankle. The injuries he sustained required numerous surgical procedures to obtain coverage of the soft tissues on the ankle and he underwent multiple skin grafts, often requiring extended hospital admissions due to infection.

The accident has left the claimant with permanent and unsightly scarring on his injured leg, with an associated and significant contour deformity. Following skin grafts he has been left with areas of red scarring on both legs. In addition to his physical injuries, our client suffered from psychological symptoms of PTSD and depression as a result of his lack of mobility and inability to work for over 3 years.

Commenting on the case Louise said “Expert evidence was obtained from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, and a Clinical Psychiatrist. Rehabilitation was arranged under the Rehabilitation Code and I am pleased that following final successful surgery CBT Treatment and consultations with a pain consultant, my client was able to return to work”. It is a wonderful feeling when we are able to gain all the rehab care and compensation for our clients, following an accident that wasn’t their fault and could have been avoided”.

The litigation process concluded recently with the client receiving damages of £230,000.

Louise Jukes is a twenty years plus experienced personal injury solicitor and always dedicated to securing early rehabilitation for her clients, ensuring their wellbeing is at the centre of the claims process. Louise follows the Rehabilitation Code which promotes the collaborative use of rehabilitation with insurers and the early intervention in the compensation process. The Code’s purpose is to help the claimant make the best and quickest possible social, vocational and psychological recovery.