Railway worker receives £750,000 after legs severed by train08 December 2011
Lost both legs in accident
A railway worker who lost both legs after they were run over by a train has received £750,000 in compensation.
The ASLEF member from Harlow has been medically retired since the traumatic accident in August 2007.
He was on the ground helping a driver shunt a train as part of his job for EWS at Harlow Hill train yard. His legs came in contact with the train and were severed below the knee. The keen horse rider has been left needing to use prosthetic limbs and a wheelchair.
Through extensive physiotherapy he has learnt how to walk with his prosthesis’. With sheer determination and resolve he has also continued horse riding and is able to ride a specially adapted motorbike.
Thompsons Solicitors made claim for compensation
Following the accident he contacted his trade union, ASLEF, which instructed Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a claim for compensation.
EWS admitted 65% responsibility for the accident and settled the claim out of court.
The ASLEF member said: "I knew as soon as it happened that I had lost my legs. I was significantly traumatised by what had happened in part because my life revolved around riding horses and motorbikes.
"This compensation means I can move to a property more suitable to my current and future needs. I will also be able to continue horse riding.
"In the early days I had assumed I would one day be fit enough to return to work but it's now apparent that I can't return and these damages will make up for the earnings I have lost now and in the future."
Compensation will help him to lead a full life
Mick Whelan, general secretary of the train drivers’ union ASLEF said: "This accident serves as a reminder to just how dangerous working on the railways can be.
“Our member should have been provided with appropriate training which may have prevented this from happening.”
Gwen Kirby Dent from Thompsons Solicitors added: "This member has suffered a horrific accident resulting in the loss of his legs but he has shown bravery and determination in dealing with his injuries. This compensation will enable him to make significant adaptations so he can continue to lead a full life."
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