Morrish Solicitors are specialist personal injury lawyers with a long history of providing quality legal services to many Trade Unions, Professional Associations and their members. The team at Morrish are a leading light in Personal Injury law, with a respected history of recovering headline-grabbing awards for their clients, injured as a result of someone else’s negligence.
The personal injury service is free of charge (subject to the rules of the scheme), and caters for Napo members and their families who have suffered injury both in and outside of work.
Their team of lawyers have extensive experience in this area, including Workplace Accidents, Spinal Injuries, Occupational Diseases and Road Traffic Accidents, and they aim to provide the best possible service to our members.
For further information please call their dedicated personal injury line on 0113 297 9877. Alternatively, to access this via our website you will need to log in at: www.napo.org.uk and follow the link under Legal Services. If you have not registered with our website you will need your membership number and an email address.
Union member secured compensation following an accident at work
Carole, who was employed as a Ward Receptionist at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, injured her knee when she slipped on a pile of patient notes on the floor.
Over the course of the week, Carole’s knee got badly swollen and she underwent an x-ray and MRI scan to investigate. An MRI scan revealed that the cartilage in her knee had been significantly torn.
She was referred for a course of physiotherapy and required steroid injections in her knee for the pain. However, this did not alleviate her symptoms and she had to undergo an operation to repair the damage.
Carole approached her union who approached Morrish Solicitors to see if an accident at work claim could be made on her behalf.
Investigations revealed that no risk assessment had taken place and patient records were regularly piled on the floor of the records department.
Doncaster Royal Infirmary admitted breach of duty, however contributory negligence was alleged. The case settled prior to proceedings and Carole received £13,243 in compensation for her injuries and loss of earnings.
Carole said: “I’m lucky that I had the backing of my union to make sure that my employer was held to account for what has happened to me.”
The regional secretary at the Union, said: “Regular monitoring of work equipment and employees’ work space can help prevent painful injuries like this.
We’re pleased that, through her membership, we were able to provide her access to specialist injury solicitors. Not only did she access professional and compassionate support, but her membership meant she received 100 per cent of her compensation.”
Claimant awarded £190,000 compensation
Garry Stott was awarded compensation after suffering life-changing injurises when he fell through an asbestos roof whilst at work on a farm.
Garry who was 45 at the time of the accident, was carrying out maintenance work on the guttering of a roof on a corn store, when the roof gave way and he fell 20 feet into a corn bin.
The Fire Service had to clear asbestos, which covered Garry when he fell, before he could be airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary. Scans and tests revealed that he had fractured his skull, broken several bones including his ribs and collarbone and had a collapsed lung.
Garry spent 6 days in a coma and was placed in intensive care for a month. He was unable to return to work until 6 months later.
Morrish Solicitors made a claim for compensation.
In the months that followed the accident, Garry struggled with his breathing and found physical exercise and work difficult to manage.
Garry instructed Morrish Solicitors to pursue a claim on his behalf against his employer. Investigations revealed that there were numerous health and safety failures made by his employer and they had not carried out adequate or sufficient risk assessments. However, they denied liability for the accident.
Morrish Solicitors referred Garry to a Consultant Neurosurgeon, who confirmed that the crush fracture of one of his vertebrae had sadly resulted in curvature of his spine, which limited his movement. There would also be an increased risk of epilepsy developing in the future, as a result of the accident.
A Consultant Physician confirmed that Garry would have some permanent respiratory disability, due to the injuries that he had suffered.
Following negotiations at a joint settlement meeting, his employers offered a full and final settlement in the sum of £190,000 which was accepted. This figure took into consideration Garry’s lost earnings, cost of care and assistance and injury damages.
Mr Stott said: “The outcome of my accident wasn’t just the physical pain and discomfort I suffered, but also the financial pressure it put on me whilst I was unable to work. This is a situation that could very easily have been avoided. I am delighted with the final settlement I have received, with the help of Jason at Morrish Solicitors.”
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