The client was left with a torn rotator cuff after her employers failed to provide the equipment needed to help a patient in and out of bed, and her son was quick to recommend the services of Croftons Solicitors.
Her injury occurred during a visit to a patient’s home. The patient in question was unable to move around easily and could not stand up unaided.
On this occasion, the patient’s mobility was so poor that she was unable even to shuffle into the position required for the victim and a colleague to move her into position. This meant she needed a lot more assistance, with the two employees having to lift the patient in order to make her comfortable.
A sliding sheet was provided to help with this, but it was not big enough or sufficient for the task. Our client had asked for a standing hoist to make the task safer and easier and remove the need for manual lifting, but this was not forthcoming.
Consequently, when our client attempted to move the patient she was left with an entirely avoidable shoulder injury.
The defendants denied liability for the accident, and it required some efficient, professional negotiation from our team to help secure this compensation for our client.
She was very complimentary of the “top of the range service” we provided, praising the Croftons team as “very warm and friendly” and saying she felt “part of the family”.
Claiming for an accident at work
This case highlights the fact that your employer is responsible for providing you with a safe working environment, regardless of where that is. In this instance, the employer failed to ensure their staff had all the resources needed to work safely in this patient’s home.
If an employee requests equipment that they feel would improve their personal safety or reduce the risk of a task, an employer has an obligation to address this.
Croftons Solicitors have helped many victims who have suffered an injury after not receiving the support they needed from their employer. If this applies to you, call the team today on 0800 2800 094 or alternatively use the enquiry form on this page to let us know your circumstances.