Novum Law secures £700K compensation for man injured in work accident

Novum Law has secured a £700,000 settlement for a man seriously injured in a work accident in 2014.

The claimant, a Swedish national who moved to the UK to work in 2004, was employed as a site engineer for Smith’s (Gloucester) Limited, a construction and waste management company.

The father of one, who was 41 years old at the time of his accident at work, sustained a head injury when he was struck in the head by a scaffolding pole while assisting the site foreman and another agency worker to refit a track.

As a result of his head injury, he suffered a range of complex and widespread symptoms including dizziness, headaches, visual field disturbance, all over body pain and overwhelming fatigue.

While he was in good health prior to the incident, the extent of his injuries meant that he required help from medical specialists across wide-ranging disciplines including orthopaedics, spinal surgery, rheumatology, audiovestibular, pain management, psychiatry, neurology, and neuroradiology experts.

His symptoms had a debilitating effect on his day-to-day life and impacted his ability to work and care for himself and his son. It quickly became apparent that he would be unable to return to work.

The claimant decided to make a personal injury claim against his employers and initially instructed another firm of solicitors to take on his case.

While his employers readily admitted liability for the accident, the issue of causation made the claim particularly challenging. Causation is a legal term for determining if it can be proved that the accident caused the injuries sustained.

In order to support his claim, medical evidence was required to address and explain the complex and widespread symptoms experienced by the claimant.

Following limited progress from the first law firm he appointed, he approached Novum Law’s specialist personal injury solicitors for help. With a strong track record in handling challenging and complex cases, our lawyers immediately got to work. They commissioned leading medical experts from each of the relevant specialist clinical fields in order to successfully deal with the claim.

When the claimant returned home to Sweden to benefit from his family’s support, there were further complexities. This was due to the tax implications of receiving his settlement funds under the Swedish system and alongside a different benefits system.

Novum Law successfully secured £700K compensation for the claimant at a Joint Settlement Meeting last year.

His case was presented on the basis that:

  1. His pain and sensory disturbance had an organic cause (i.e. they were caused by the damage to his brain in the accident).
  2. His psychological issues and problems with his mental health were also caused by his accident at work.

Speaking after his settlement, the claimant said:

“Novum Law fought my case for five years, turning every stone to help me. Not only were they super professional, but also super supportive throughout the case. I can’t even count the times they have called me up to calm me down when I was crying and felt I was ready to give up on life. For five years Novum Law has been like my family and it feels like I know everyone in the office. The only sad part is that now with the case is coming to an end, I feel emotional to leave them behind. I won’t mention any names, but Novum Law will always have a place in my heart. I will forever be grateful for what you have achieved. You are the best.”

If you have been seriously injured in an accident at work, Novum Law’s team of specialist personal injury solicitors have the experience and expertise to help.

We offer No Win No Fee so there is no financial risk to you and no hidden costs. Call us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or email info@novumlaw.com.




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