Our client, Mr Edwards, was injured at work when a forklift truck ran over his foot.
Mr Edwards whilst working was assisting a colleague on the day of the accident to support a large object that had been carried and moved by a forklift. Unfortunately, as he was doing this, the forklift moved forward and the wheel ran over Mr Edwards’ right foot, causing him to fall over and injuring his left knee in the process. With the forklift trapping his right ankle, they were unable to reverse off it over fears that the object being carried by the forklift would fall on top of him, so they had to steady it before any action was taken. After a few minutes carefully removing the forklift, an ambulance was called and he was taken to the A&E department by the Paramedics.
Following the incident, doctors had organised for Mr Edwards to undergo an x-ray to establish the results of his injuries. The x-ray had shown that he sustained a compound fracture to his right ankle and a rupture to the patellar tendon in his left knee. Mr Edwards, therefore, had surgery on the same day in order to re-align his right ankle as well as inserting metalwork to maintain the structure. He also underwent surgery to have his tendon in his left knee repaired. The surgeries had meant that he was restricted to a wheelchair after having casts placed on his right leg and left knee, he was also warned that he would be extremely immobile for nine weeks until he could bear weight on his leg.
Since the accident, Mr Edwards suffered from a lot of pain in his right leg and left knee, which hindered a lot of his daily activities. For the first few months, until he was able to bear the weight on his right leg again, he required the assistance of his wife for activities such as washing and dressing, but he also struggled to sleep as a result of the discomfort.
Once the majority of his pain had healed he was again able to do a lot of activities that he couldn’t do for the first six months of his recovery, such as driving. This also led to his return to work, initially taking time to settle back into his job by doing reduced hours for the first couple of months before returning to full-time work.
After a lengthy recovery, Mr Edwards approached Pryers, which with the help of medical professionals, our expert solicitors were able to understand the severity of his injury and the possibility that the client may need amputation and fusion surgery to his ankle in the future. Due to this and the defendant already admitting liability we managed to negotiate compensation of £120,000 for Mr Edwards.