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Driver Compensated for Workplace Injury

July 29th, 2016 | By licnewsadmin

A lorry driver has settled his claim for workplace compensation after he injured his back whilst delivering milk to clients.

The accident occurred last year when Ross Knowles, aged fifty from West Yorkshire, travelled to Peterborough to deliver a consignment of milk. As he was finishing the delivery, he lost his grip on the handle of the lorry and then fell backwards. Ross was knocked out upon impact with the ground and also sustained damage to his spinal cord and vertebrae.

Ross was rendered unable to work because of the intense and chronic pain that resulted from his injuries. As such, upon seeking legal counsel, he decided to make a claim for work injury compensation against Buckley Farm Dairy, his employers. In the claim, Ross alleged that – as he was working at a height – he should have been provided with a ladder. Instead, he had to climb up onto the lorry’s trailer every time one of the pallets needed to be moved.

Buckley Farm Dairy conceded liability for Ross’ injuries, offering him a settlement of compensation worth £39,000. However, though he accepted the settlement, Ross has still expressed concerns following his future employment. In speaking with the Wakefield Express, Ross said that  “I would love to go back to work at some stage. But I don’t know what else I can do. I’ll have to see what the doctor says because I’m very limited now. If I carry too much, my back goes”.

Additionally, due to the nature of his injuries, Ross sold his two-story home and bought a bungalow such that he could avoid climbing stairs. “The pain in my lower back means I can’t get into a bath” he told his local newspaper. “I’m on incapacity benefit and I can’t work because of my medical condition and the pain I’m in. I don’t think I will get my HGV licence back and I’ll be on medication for the rest of my life.”

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