Keywords: Accident at work claims, work accident solicitors,
Subject: 20 Year old student suffers life-changing injuries while on work experience placement.
The 20 year old veterinary student was on a work experience placement at a farm when the accident happened.
She was collecting hay for the horses’ troughs when she was struck by four falling straw bales, weighing more than 1.2 tonnes, which toppled from a nearby five and a half metre high stack. The bale on her back had to be removed using a telehandler and the one pinning back her left leg had to be cut into pieces and removed by hand, because she was in so much pain.
She suffered severe leg and pelvic injuries and was in hospital for 19 days and a wheelchair for three months after the work accident claim..
She is still unable to crouch or kneel down. Her right leg was in a cast and needed metal rods fixed to the bone to hold it in place. Her left leg was put in traction and for a period of time couldn’t bear weight and an artery in her thigh had been so badly stretched it was close to rupturing.
The young woman also spent three months in physiotherapy to be able to walk again. Her pelvis was broken in six places.
The farm’s owner was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,114 for failing to follow work height safety regulations.