The Claimant in this matter was a 29-year-old Romanian national who was working as a manual labourer and machine operator was injured during the course of his employment at a bed factory. We successfully relied upon provisions in the Workplace (Health & Safety Welfare) Regulations 1992, Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Occupiers Liability Act 1977.

The Claimant suffered an incident at work in which he severed a finger and lost the tips of further two fingers when his glove was caught in the blade of a machine whilst cutting a piece of wood. The Claimant was hospitalised for 2 days during which a metal plate was inserted within the middle finger. Plastic surgery was carried where the tips of the fingers were operated upon using K wire.

As well as the scars, the Claimant also suffered from psychological trauma, loss of sensation and grip in hand. The Claimant was left with permanent stiffness due to an intra-articular fracture and restricted range of movement.

Therefore the Claimants claim consisted of including a claim for loss of future earning capacity on the open job market, permanent scarring, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as pain, suffering and loss of amenity. With the evidence from an Orthopaedic surgeon and a Clinical Psychologist, the Claimant was successful in recovering in excess of £70,000.00 in a settlement.