Man awarded six-figure sum after workplace fall cost him his job

A 48 year old man who was seriously injured in a workplace fall received a six-figure compensation pay out earlier this month.

The ex-prison officer was on guard dog patrol when he slipped on a path which hadn’t been gritted. The fall resulted in him fracturing his right foot.

However, what could have been a simple accident was made much worse for the gentleman when complications saw him medically retired for his decade-long career in the prison service.

Before the accident, the man was extremely active and enjoyed cycling and playing football, cricket and golf. He now requires a large amount of care from his family and has been warned by doctors that he is at a 25% risk of needing his foot amputated in the future.

His solicitors, with the help of the Prison Officers Association (POA), made a case against the man’s employers, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

On October 7th 2015, the court ruled in favour of the claimant and the MOJ was ordered to pay a compensation sum of almost £500,000.

Speaking about his situation, the claimant said:

It is a bitter blow to suffer an injury that not only ended my career, but that was also entirely preventable.

The Ministry of Justice has been shown to be responsible for the part they played in my injury and has, I hope, taken the point that neglecting the health and safety of prisoners and prison officers comes with a heavy price.

He went on to add:

This injury has cost me my career, my mobility and all of my sporting passions.

I’m in constant pain and have been relying on the care and support of my wonderful wife and son to get by.

It is a small consolation to know that the funds are now available to take on additional support and that further compensation may be available if the worst happens and any future amputation is unsuccessful.

I was extremely grateful for the support and guidance from the POA, both locally and nationally and my solicitors, who were first class. This proved my membership of the POA was vital.

A member of the Prison Officers Association, Glyn Travis said:

Yet again the Ministry of Justice has carelessly thrown both a career and public money down the drain.

Our member was an active and dedicated member of the prison service whose career was cruelly cut short by an accident that was entirely avoidable.

We were proud to support him in his case and are pleased that the Court has ruled in his favour.


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