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Injured technical instructors win compensation after CSP steps in

11 April 2012 - 11:42am

Two physiotherapy technical instructors who were injured at work have received substantial compensation payments after the CSP took up their cases.

The largest award, worth £54,000, went to a woman in her early sixties who had to take early retirement after falling at the special needs school in Nottingham where she had worked for 25 years.

The CSP member, who does not want to be named, dislocated an arm after slipping on a wet patch in a corridor at the school in 2007.

Early retirement

When it became clear she was unable to return to work, her contract was terminated and she felt she had no option but to retire early.

The woman has limited use of her arm and has been told her symptoms are unlikely to improve despite her having had surgery.

Thompsons, the CSP’s solicitors, argued that Nottingham City Council should have ensured the school corridor was kept safe. The council admitted liability and settled the claim out of court.

Shoulder injury

In a second case, Marsha Fernihough received £25,000 in compensation after damaging her shoulder while helping a 20-stone male patient at Alcester Community Hospital, Warwickshire.

The man unexpectedly lunged backwards on to a chair as Mrs Fernihough and a colleague helped him to lean on a pulpit frame.

After landing on her arm as she fell with him, Mrs Fernihough needed 17 months off work and had two surgical operations. She has not been able to return to her original job and now works in the community.

Thompsons argued that Warwickshire Primary Care Trust should have ensured there were enough staff on hand to move such a heavy patient. The trust admitted liability and made an out of court settlement of £25,000.

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