Tewderos was asked by his boss to stack packets of plastic water bottles to an unsafe height in the basement of the supermarket where he worked. The bottles collapsed, trapping his leg under a wooden pallet and causing a simple ankle fracture. Tewderos, a refugee, did not know his rights and his boss actively discouraged him from pursuing them by veiled threats to challenge his immigration status if he were to assert a claim.
When Tewderos was referred to us well over two years or so after the accident, we were able to pursue a claim against his employer for breach of the employer’s duties under statutory regulations governing the workplace, including, the “Work at Height Regulations”. We are pleased to say the employer’s liability insurers took a much more responsible and co-operative attitude than the supermarket had to Tewderos’ plight. We had Tewderos examined by an orthopaedic doctor. The insurers paid £3,800.00 compensation for his injuries and loss of income in a settlement that was rapidly agreed and which avoided the need to issue a claim in court (claims have to be brought within 3 years of the date of injury in most cases).
Tewderos was especially pleased that his ex-employer had not “got away with it” as he had tried to do. All his legal fees were paid as part of the settlement.
We acted for him under a “no-win no-fee” agreement.