Personal Injury

Damages settlement for painter and decorator who ruptured knee tendon in fall

Professional painter worker is painting one wall
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03 May 2023

Hudgell Solicitors’ accidents at work claims specialists have secured a £55,000 damages settlement for a painter and decorator who fell and ruptured a tendon in his knee when using an upturned plastic crate to reach high areas as he’d not been provided with stepladders.

The 27-year-old was working as a painter and decorator on a production line at Hull-based bathroom pod manufacturer Walker Modular, in Amsterdam Road, when the accident at work happened.

In his role the worker was tasked with painting bathroom pods as they passed along a busy production line, standing on the upturned crate to reach higher areas.

On the day of his accident in August 2021, he felt the crate wobble under his feet, and when attempting to step off lost his balance and fell, experiencing sudden and severe pain in his left knee.

He was helped up by colleagues and a manager drove him to Hull Royal Infirmary, where an x-ray identified a rupture to his patellar tendon, which required surgical repair.

After surgery he needed to wear a brace and use crutches for more than two months, lived downstairs at home for more than three months and was not able to drive his manual car for almost four months.

He was off work for six months before returning, firstly doing paperwork before then painting at waist height on the production line in the firm’s Marfleet Lane factory.

However, he found he was still struggling from his injury and therefore resigned having found a more suitable role at a different employer. He now works in a customer service role.

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