Whilst working in a factory on a guillotine machine Tom aged 20 years severed his little finger and partially severed his left ring finger. The little finger was replanted and the ring finger was re-vascularised, he also required skin and vein grafts during the surgery. He suffered scarring as well as psychological symptoms from the injury and trauma itself.
Tom required a further 3 surgeries thereafter to enhance the mobility of his fingers. After each surgery, he required extensive hand therapy and rehabilitation to ensure his fingers remained functional.
It was during the last surgery he discovered an allergic reaction to anaesthesia which resulted in him requiring emergency CPR.
It is likely Tom will require further surgery in the future due to contracture of the fingers, however due to the reaction he suffered from the anaesthesia Tom was reluctant to consider possible further surgery.
Liability was admitted by his employers.
Tom was unable to care fully for himself following each of the surgeries and relied heavily upon his parents during these periods. However, it was identified there were risks he would suffer from some disability as he became older and would need care and assistance with some aspects of his personal lifestyle. A report was obtained from a qualified care expert to assess the past and future care considering the disabilities he would face.
In addition, he was unable to work for a period of 12 months following the accident and it then took him further time to find alternative suitable employment.
It was clear Tom would be disadvantaged on the open labour market for the rest of his life and in light of his age at the time of the accident a significant award was agreed to reflect the disadvantage.
By way of an agreed settlement following negotiations, damages were agreed at £130,000.
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