Fall at work leads to amputation for Unite member

A Unite member who has previously represented Great Britain in field shooting was forced to undergo a below the knee amputation following a fall at work.

He was employed by a rail freight and logistics firm when he fell several meters into an inspection pit. As a result of the accident, he suffered multiple complex fractures that would not heal and he had to have an amputation two years later.

He approached Unite Legal Services to help with a legal claim and secured interim payments to cover extensive rehabilitation services and equipment. He also has a state-of-the-art prosthetic limb which has helped him return to work and field shooting.

The 29-year-old Unite member said: “I wasn’t sure about making a legal claim to begin with – it felt like it’d be a burden. But my solicitors laid things out clearly and methodically so that I got the compensation I needed and they were there to support me every step of the way.

Karen Reay, at Unite the union, added: “Our member needed significant financial support to allow him to have a quality of life as close as possible to that which he had before his accident.

“With £3 million compensation secured, our client was able to fund a personalised programme of case management and therapy, including provision of private prosthetics and the adaptation of a bungalow to meet his needs. This was in addition to covering a significant loss of earnings – ensuring he wasn’t left to fend for himself.”

Our member added: “Thanks to the efforts of Unite I’ve finally been able to get my life back on track and return to the sport I love.”