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Work accident news – Woman receives £27k for spinal injury

26th January 2012

The 65-year-old grandmother had been working in a supermarket as a bakery assistant for seven years when she slipped on a broken egg in the store warehouse.

Although doctors were unable to agree on the extent of the woman’s spinal injuries, it is thought that she suffered a spinal fracture which left her unable to walk long distances or lift heavy objects following the accident.

The woman has been unable to return to work since the incident, which happened in March 2007, and still has to have regular injections and acupuncture. She has now formally retired.

A spokesperson for the supermarket chain said, “The health and safety of our customers and colleagues is our biggest priority and if we fall short of our high standards, we will work to put things right.

“We always investigate claims thoroughly to make sure we fully understand the facts and can reach the right conclusion for everyone involved.

“We’re sorry for any upset caused to [the victim] through resolving this case, and wish her all the best for the future.”

The woman claimed industrial injury benefit after her statutory sick-pay ended at about six months following the accident and she consequently gave £6,000 back to the Department of Work and Pensions out of her settlement, leaving her with £21,000.

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