Substantial recovery following farming accident

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We received instructions from our client Mr R, a farm labourer, who had caught his arm in a potato picker in October 2010.

He was a Lithuanian citizen and the accident temporarily incapacitated him. He approached us just after his accident. We offered the client a conditional fee agreement with Accident Line insurance, and proceeded to send a letter of claim to his employers, who conceded liability with a 10% reduction for contributory negligence. They later abandoned the charge of contributory negligence.

We flew our client back from Lithuania, and obtained an orthopaedic report and a report from a neurophysiologist, as well as medical and educational information from Lithuania. As the prognosis was uncertain, we obtained an interim payment for our client and took a statement from him and his sister. We then waited until the end of 2012, when we flew our client back again to the UK to be seen by the orthopaedic surgeon, the neurophysiologist, and a psychiatrist.

All his medical appointments were attended by an interpreter and key documentation was translated into Lithuanian. We also had to take account of his cultural attitude towards injury, and assess his prospects of employment in Lithuania.

Fortunately our client had made a good recovery from his injuries, and we settled his claim for £27,000 plus costs in early 2013. 

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Malcolm is an Senior Associate in our London office, with nearly twenty years' experience.

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