Personal injury news
Mason's ladder fall results in compensation
A Welsh council worker who suffered two broken feet after falling from an unsecured ladder has been awarded more than £45,000 in personal injury compensation.
The 61-year-old Dyfed man was working as a mason when the accident at work happened in February 2003. He had been fitting windows at a council property when his ladder shifted unexpectedly, sending him crashing to the ground.
He suffered serious personal injuries to the heel bones in both feet and paramedics were called to the scene of the work accident. Rushed to a local hospital, the mason had his feet plastered and had to keep the casts on for ten weeks.
Such was the extent of his foot injuries that he required the use of a wheelchair for six months and will never again be able to work.
Talking to journalists after the successful personal injury compensation claim, the former council worker said, "As well as suffering pain and the loss of my employment, the accident has caused me all sorts of difficulties. What used to be everyday tasks like driving the car or walking the dog have become very difficult."
His personal injury solicitor also added, "Working at heights can be extremely dangerous and employers must make adequate provision for staff working in such circumstances.
"This accident would not have occurred if he had been provided with the right equipment or assistance."