Case Study - case involving a back injury at work

Simon suffered an injury to his back in 2016.  He was working in a supermarket in Blanchardstown (Dublin 15).  The supermarket chain is one of the largest in Ireland and there are several of these across Dublin.  Part of Simon's job was unload deliveries into the warehouse as they arrived from lorries.


Unfortunately Simon never received any manual handling training.  A delivery arrived to the store and part of it was a batch of washing machines.  The washing machines were left outside the warehouse to be moved onto pallets, and transported to their place in the warehouse.  The other warehouse worker had called in sick that day, meaning that Simon had no choice but to life these onto a pallet on his own.  The machines were large, bulky and heavy.


Simon pulled ligaments in his back, and he immediately seized up.  To cut a long story short, Simon still has a sore back today and needed physiotherapy for 12 months.


A friend of Simon's suggested that he contact, as we have a very good reputation in Dublin for accident at work personal injury cases.  We pursued Simon's case successfully and he was awarded a substantial sum of compensation.  The case took around two years to settle.  Liability was admitted by the store's insurers, however we advised Simon to reject the PIAB assessment as it was much too low, and his loss of earnings were still ongoing at that stage.


High Court personal injury proceedings were issued at Dublin High Court.  The case settled without the need to attend a Trial, which Simon was delighted about.


After the case settled, Simon called into our offices in Trinity Street (Dublin 2) to personally thank the staff who dealt with his case.  Simon was really pleased with the service he received throughout and how was updated every step of the way.


Workplace accidents happen.  If you are unlucky enough to have suffered a workplace injury, then we are happy to assist and provide the level of service that we provided to Simon.

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