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Written on 23rd June 2016 by Claire Roantree

Duane Scholes, 29, was a trainee engineer at Chatburn-based hydraulic equipment manufacturers Lodematic Components Ltd. He was hit in the face by a pressurised hose during a test when a connector catastrophically failed.

Duane was knocked unconscious for about 20 minutes and suffered a number of facial injuries which required reconstruction surgery. He was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital where he remained for eight days. It subsequently became apparent that he lost 95 per cent vision in his right eye.

He found it difficult to deal with the changes in his appearance and developed depression. He was sent to see a therapist and thanks to support of his family and friends things started to get better.

Workplace accident claim

Duane received damages of more than £100,000.

In the aftermath of the accident Lodematic Components was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs, after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive revealed that the test zone was not segregated or safeguarded and the company had not carried out a risk assessment.

The investigation also highlighted that the test equipment had not been maintained and was not suitable for the task.

Adrianna Rajwa, an expert workplace accident claims solicitor at Boyes Turner, comments:

“It is fantastic news that that Lodematic have admitted their mistakes and Mr Scholes received a compensation payout allowing him to move on with his life and finally put this ordeal behind him. The accident impacted on many aspects of his life and the compensation payment should ensure that his able to get on with his life going forward.  It also shows how important is early rehabilitation and support of family and friends in difficult times.  We know that life with serious injuries can be very different, but it can be just as fulfilling with the right support and understanding”.

Boyes Turner personal injury team deals with many accident at work claims. Our expert lawyers aim to improve the quality of life of our clients by focusing on early rehabilitation and training. We have access to case managers to ensure that practical assistance is given as soon as possible and we can arrange for interim payments to be made to deal with any pressing financial needs or purchase any equipment or care that is necessary.