Compensation to be awarded over workplace fall

A man who made a personal injury compensation claim after suffering injuries in a fall at work is to be awarded a payout. The individual was performing his role as a park warden when the accident occurred. He had been putting up signs warning the public to be careful in the ice and snow when he slipped.

As a result of the accident, which occurred in January 2010, he sustained damage to his back, neck, wrist and arms.

In a new development, Leicester City Council has put aside £70,000 to settle the claim and cover its legal fees. However, the precise amount to be awarded to the employee has not yet been determined. The local authority is to come to a deal on the payout in an out-of-court settlement.

Commenting on the case, city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “It’s important the council takes its responsibilities to staff and members of the public seriously, while not going health and safety mad.”

Meanwhile, the Leicester Mercury quoted Gary Garner from the city branch of public sector union Unison as saying that when victims are successful in their accident claims, their recoveries can be speeded up.

He remarked: “Compensation can often help people get their lives back on track after an injury. It can be used to make up for lost income, or buy specialist equipment.”

Also commenting on the personal injury compensation claim, a spokesman for the city council stated that the authority assesses risks and then takes action to prevent claims being made against it, as well as to reduce the risk of injury to members of the public and its workers.

Although making accident claims cannot undo the physical harm suffered by accident victims, it can often help them to achieve a sense of closure and provide them with much needed money to cover medical bills, loss of earnings and so on.

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