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Ladder accident claim can proceed, says judge

28th December 2012

The 57-year-old woman sustained a serious back injury in the incident, which occurred on New Year ‘s Day in 2007.

She had been dismantling pub Christmas decorations when a defect in the ladder caused an eyebolt to come loose. This led to the claimant being “hung from the neck”, falling, hitting her head, and losing consciousness.

As a result, the woman instructed her legal team to pursue an injury compensation claim – they advised her that she should claim damages in the region of £1 million.

However, the woman’s employer denies liability for the ladder accident claim.

Furthermore, it was heard that because of the woman’s “stoicism and determination” she delayed pursuing litigation until the point at which she felt it was unavoidable.

The judge conceded that the delay in bringing about the claim had presented some evidential problems. “I do not know whether these claims are unanswerable, but I can certainly accept that they are strong,” he said.

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