Bacup school worker recovers £40,000 for “manual handling accident”.
She was working working with a disabled schoolgirl and had to push the girl’s wheelchair in the school grounds.
In order to get from one part of the school to another she had to push the wheelchair down a steep slope.
As she tried to negotiate the slope the wheelchair got out of control.
As a result Mrs Bellamy ended up having a nasty fall and suffered a serious back injury.
The employer’s liability
Mrs Bellamy’s union solicitor had already told her she didn’t have a case and advised her to drop the claim, so a friend put her in touch with us.
We didn’t agree with that assessment.
All employers have a duty to take care for their employees.
It was also clear to us that there had been breaches of the Manual Handling Regulations.
Mrs Bellamy should never have been asked to push the student down such a steep slope, and better arrangements should have been made.
In addition to that, our client hadn’t been provided with any suitable training.
So, once we set out details of the claim the employers quickly admitted liability for the accident.
We obtained expert medical evidence about our client’s serious back injury and details of her loss of earnings.
We then helped her reach a settlement of £40,000 in compensation for her injuries.