Back injuries news
Man receives work injury compensation for suffering
A man employed at a firm which dealt with car parts in Peterlee, County Durham, who suffered serious personal injury in 2006, has been awarded work injury compensation.
The 46-year-old now relies on his family to care for him. The man was harmed when a colleague decided to play a joke on him by jumping onto his back.
Because of this action, the victim had to undergo spinal fusion surgery, during which a small section of his hip bone was slotted into his spine.
The man's mobility has been severely affected and he has been told by his doctor that he may never recover enough from his injuries to return to work.
The victim of the incident commented, "I still can't imagine why my former colleague thought it would be funny to jump on my back. That joke has cost me my mobility and my career."
Taking legal action against his employers, his claim was that the company was responsible for the behaviour of those under its employment, and, as a result, was liable for his life-changing back injuries.
The firm has now admitted liability for the accident and will be paying the man a "substantial" amount in work injury compensation for his pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
The work injury compensation received by the victim is likely to go towards his care while he cannot earn.