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Case Type: Accident at Work *
Settled by: Elaine Hickey
Injury: Right-hand blunt trauma, right thumb traumatic wound *
Incident: Sean* sustained a work-related injury on the 15/07/2016. He was working on a refrigeration unit as a general operative when the unit came off a jig and fell on his right hand. He was wearing protective hand gloves when the incident occurred to permit him to work with his thumb and index fingers however, the protective gloves he was wearing did not cover them. He had to get stitches and was out of work for 2 ½ days. Sean* also was left with a scar approximately 2 ½ centimeters long. The scar is noticeable and visible from conversation distance. It can also be irritable and discomforting especially in cold weather. The position that the thumb is at is permanent and no further treatment was indicated.
Case Progression: The Personal Injuries Board decided it would not be appropriate to assess the claim as the respondent did not pay them for dealing with the claim. Proceedings were issued on the 20/07/2017.
Settlement: The Case was settled in the High Court on the 21/03/2018. Sean*’s workplace failed in their duty of care to him by not providing a work station that was safe and without risk, where the components were not secured.