The claimant was an engineer working in a machine shop, operating a pillar drill. He was holding a piece of metal as it was being drilled. As the process was continuing, a large piece of metal turning came away from the drill and caught around his thumb.
Because of the speed of the drill, he was unable to get his hand out of the way and the metal turning effectively cut his thumb totally off.
He was conveyed to hospital together with the detached thumb and following micro surgery it was successfully reattached.
However, there followed a lengthy period of recovery which resulted in the claimant becoming unemployed for a short time.
He developed psychological symptoms and complex regional pain syndrome which resulted in a protracted recovery, although he was able to return to gainful employment during this time.
His employer’s insurers conceded primary liability but raised the issue of the claimant’s contributory negligence and also took issue with the medical evidence, and thus the potential value of the case.
Following a persistent stance adopted by Pryers, the evidence was eventually accepted and liability dealt with on a 100% basis and the client received damages of over £60,000