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  • i had a accident in work 18 months ago ,pack of timber fell on me ! got taken to hospital xrayed told i had a broken leg ,put in a back cast and told to come back in a week for a full cast when swelling went down ,went back and specialist told me its not broken just a sprain ,the next few weeks i spent on crutches ,when i could walk on the leg ,now and again the ankle would give way on me 'not good when i have 3 dobermans to exercise' went to see a specialist who said i had torn the ligaments ,to date ive had physio 15 times ,mri scan ,and 4 weeks ago anthroscopy /micro fracture surgery to the ankle to remove cartilage and a piece of chipped bone and to try and form some new cartilage ,been told ive got to spend the next 8 weeks on crutches then more physio ,been told not to run/jog on it for 6 monthsd and a full recovery if it works will take 12months ,anyone any idea what i should be aiming to achieve in compensation ??

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    midgebait
    Member

    Pulls up chair 😉

    0091paddy
    Member

    Impossible to answer. 18months is also a long time ago.

    Did it damage your ability to use full stops, thus constructing HUWGE sentences?

    Phone one of those "I walked into the path of a forklift and got hurt, now I want to sue my workplace for their gross negligence" places and they'll try and rap3 your employers for every last penny.

    forgetting full stops !! could be down to the psychological damage from the accident ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    satsoma
    Member

    My brain failed before I got to the end of that….punctuation would really help 🙂

    EDIT: Also, you seem to have had really bad luck, what with your car accident too! It's all about the claiming in 2010….

    coffeeking
    Member

    My brain failed before I got to the end of that….punctuation would really help

    There was LOADS of punctuation, just in the wrong place and an odd order!

    Premier Icon mtbfix
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    Was the pack of timber incorrectly stacked? You list a series of issues but you do not state where fault lies.

    tails
    Member

    ,pack of timber fell on me

    Any company that lets a pack of timber fall on someone deserves to be taken to the cleaners, how did it happen as from the places I have worked you'd never have that happen.

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Any company that lets a pack of timber fall on someone deserves to be taken to the cleaners

    Alternatively he could have climbed up the racking and attempted to pull the pack of timber down without using the correct stepladders/forklift etc…

    midgebait
    Member

    Out of curiosity I had a look at your previous posts to see if you'd managed a longer sentance.

    Is this timeber accident a different one to your whiplash which required physio 15 times, MRI etc etc and has left you unable to ride?

    http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/how-much-for-whiplash

    I think I'll grab the biscuits and a coffee too!

    midgebait
    Member

    Wow, it's contageous! That'll be 'sentence' and 'timber'!!

    IanMunro
    Member

    anyone any idea what i should be aiming to achieve in compensation ??

    I'd imagine it depends on why the wood landed on you. If you'd been down the pub, had 5 pints and then were doing your best ninja impression then probably not a lot 🙂

    I was unpacking the timber 888 lengths x 2x1x 3mtrs long (hardwood)…. whilst cutting the final band the whole pack went over ,forcing me to jump back.I managed to stay on my feet ,but my ankle/foot took the weight of some of the pack ,causing the injury .

    car crash was 3 months later. drunk driver went into the back of my car ,actually had a radioisotope scan for that one . been to the pain clinic and numerous physio appointments .now been given a tens machine s***e year i know !!!

    midgebait !! can you explain what 'timeber' means ??

    TooTall
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    Were you trained to do that task? Is it documented that you had sufficient training? Were you being a bit of a biff and doing a gash job? Should you have done it a different way? Should you have stood somewhere else when cutting the bands?

    timber
    Member

    was it on the floor? should have been if it was a big bunch, but 888 must still be in palletable dimensions at 2×1
    and have you never cut the straps off before? surely you should know what happens when un-bunching

    Im a joiner/woodmachinist by trade .Been doing the job for over 10 years ,Its happened in the past to my workmates and me without injury .We've complained about the way in which timber had been stacked on a few occasions ! But nothing was done ,after the accident the timber suppliers have been notified.To date the timber has been arriving with more bands and timber skids throughout the pack .Why does it have to take someone to have a accident,before things get sorted !!!

    timber was stacked on the floor .in my job i could work my way through up to 9 packs of wood a week .so i reckon i'm experienced in the process of opening the packs in the safest way possible .

    Premier Icon ourmaninthenorth
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    er pikelycactus its kinda surprising that you havent raised this already with your employer especially as it happened overr a year ago suggesting that it wasnt actually as serious as you have described or youve just realised you can make some money out of this caper the reailty is that by law any such accident needs to be recorded and notified by your employer to its el insurer as a potential notifiiable claim you will then having provided the evidence of the accident be able to make a claim aganist the insurer the trouble is that because youve left it a long time and already had further treatment for other injuries its likely that this will take some unravelling and even then as others have said it is dependent on the facts and whether or not you had any liability for the accident in which case any settelement will be lower

    just to make everyone aware ,i have got a solicitor involved .just wondering if anyone on the forum has any idea of what figure i should be aiming for .up to now my solicitor hasnt given me any idea !

    uplink
    Member

    18 months ago & you've only just spoken to a [strike]ambulance chaser[/strike] respectable solicitor?

    spoke to the solicitor 2 days after the accident !

    bigyinn
    Member

    You gotta love STW, half the posters insinuate that its the OPs fault!

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    If I'd engaged a solicitor who, 18 months after the accident, still couldn't tell me what the likely level of compensation in my case would be I'd be looking for another one. They must have access to case law for similar instances and have details of your loss of earnings etc.

    You can be damn sure they know exactly what their fees on the case will be.

    Munqe-chick
    Member

    I suggest £3.78????

    hora
    Member

    Has it affected your sexlife?

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    are you asking if he has 'wood' trouble hora?

    igmc.

    Premier Icon boriselbrus
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    It totally depends on the level of culpability of the employer. Did he have risk assessments, method statements, training records etc. Have you lost much in the way of pay? If you were off work for 3 days or more then the accident must have been reported (RIDDOR Regs). What is the long term prognosis?

    To (not) answer your question, anything between a few hundred if you have been fully paid and the company did everything right, to tens of thousands if you will have long term problems and the company did everything wrong. Big payouts are still pretty rare though despite what the media and ambulance chasers will tell you.

    TooTall
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    bigyinn – Premier Member
    You gotta love STW, half the posters insinuate that its the OPs fault!

    Well it might be. I doubt you could make a legal ruling on the evidence provided thus far.

    Premier Icon ourmaninthenorth
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    They must have access to case law for similar instances

    I *think* they use a manual called Kemp & Kemp, which gives the ranges of damages for various injuries. Of course, it might all have changed since I sat, bored out out of mind, in a nearly inactive litigaiton department for 6 months of my training way back when.

    So, the short answer to the OP's quesiotn is that we don't know. No-one posting on here appears to be a PI lawyer, and fewer still have full access to the details of the OP's accident (from all sides of the story).

    i have know problem getting wood.
    my 23yr old blonde bird sorts that out 😛

    john_drummer
    Member

    it also begs the question, do you want to carry on working there?

    put in a compo claim and you might just be (top of the list of) one of those selected in the next round of redundancies

    hora
    Member

    Drop the claim and become a fulltime Pirate instead.
    No I don't mean tanning up and hanging round the coast of East Africa. I mean a REAL Pirate…

    Benefits? You could put said bird on your shoulder and teach her to say 'give us an 8th'

    and you could fashion the said block of wood as a pegleg to complete the look.

    Sorted.

    go the whole hog – dont forget the patch !! 😮

    project
    Member

    Are you Gay, Black or a woman, if not youll get very little a load of hassle and the solicitor will make a pretty penny.

    Been there and almost got the cheque,

    hora
    Member

    What if your a gay Somalian female pirate?

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