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Serious fall from roof wins damages from both employer and corporate occupier


Our specialist personal injury lawyers recently concluded a complex claim against two defendants, an employer and occupier, as a result of our client sustaining serious injury following a fall from a roof upon which he was working.

Our client fell through a skylight and landed on his head and shoulder approximately 20 feet below. He suffered a fractured skull, a head injury, a fractured right collar bone and fractured rib.

Both the employer and the occupier were pursued jointly as a result of breaches of various statutory health and safety regulations as well as common law negligence. There were added complications due to the lack of insurance and/or the absence of insurance indemnity on behalf of both defendants. This was due to the defendants having failed to put their insurers on notice of a potential claim despite the serious nature of the accident circumstances and a detailed HSE investigation and prosecution.

Despite the arguments advanced by both defendants as to who was responsible for complying with the health and safety requirements, both parties agreed an apportionment of settlement with us on behalf of our client for significant damages. These reflected the ongoing permanent nature of our client’s injuries.


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