We acted for an employee of an Ambulance Service (aged 64) based in Somerset who had an accident at work during August 2009. Briefly, he was descending a long, steep flight of stairs at some premises rented by his employer, when he lost his balance and fell. Our client suffered a suprapatella rupture of the left quadriceps. He was fortunate to make a complete recovery in time from his injury.
It was our case that the staircase was defective and this type of accident was clearly foreseeable. We were involved in protracted correspondence with our client’s employer, the owner of the premises and their tenants who had sub-let the property in question to our client’s employer. All three denied liability for our client’s accident and we had no option but to issue proceedings. An early offer was then put forward by us to settle our client’s claim and this offer was accepted by the other parties’ solicitors.
S. J. Edney solicitors obtained compensation of £15,000 for this client during 2012