Lorry driver awarded more than £80,000 following accident

A lorry driver who was injured in an accident at work has been awarded more than £83,000 compensation.

The Court of Appeal heard that the driver had been using a tipper lorry when the hydraulic ramp collapsed. The resulting impact forced him upwards at speed and his head collided with the roof of his cab causing serious injuries to his neck.

He claimed compensation on the basis that his employer had not installed adequate safety measures.

The Recorder found in his favour and awarded a total of £72,417 compensation.

The figure included £19,100 for suffering and loss of amenity, and £54,300 for past loss of earnings.  The recorder made no award for any future loss of earnings, That decision has now been overturned by the Court of Appeal, which held that the driver should receive an extra £10,800 to cover his loss of earnings up to March 2017.

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