This claimant was working on a construction site when he stepped into his 40 ton dumper truck to turn the ignition on and the engine caught fire. The truck was totally destroyed by the flames and the liability for this was admitted by the employer. The claimant managed to get out in time and was taken to hospital. The claimant was then treated for smoke inhalation.
Our client did return to work but suffered anxiety and panic attacks as a result of his ordeal. This meant that the claimant was referred to a Clinical Psychologist who diagnosed the claimant with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). To treat the condition the client under went Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
An interim payment was obtained as the claimant was unable to resume work as he carried on his CBT treatment to help recover from the effects of PTSD. Once this treatment was concluded the claimant was re examined by the Clinical Psychologist, who felt the claimant was ready to go back to work.
The claimant chose to settle his claim and received total damages of £40,330.11.