Colin Hillyard, a PCS member, was working at his company’s site when he slipped on a toilet floor which was wet because of a leaking tap.

He was unable to move his leg due to swelling the day after the accident which aggravated a pre-existing weakness in his right knee. He had to take three months off work while he waited for an operation and it took a further month for him to recover from his surgery.

Colin contacted his union rep and instructed Thompsons Solicitors to take up his case for compensation. Thompsons secured £6,000 in compensation for him.

Colin said: “It all happened so fast. I walked into the toilet, flicked on the light switch and the next thing I knew I was lying on the floor in a lot of pain.

“The accident restricted much of my daily routine, as I had difficulty walking any distance. I had to rely on other family members to help walk my German Shepherd dog and drive me around for the four months it took me to recover.

“My employer was supportive after the injury, but that doesn’t change the fact that the accident could have been easily prevented by simply fixing or replacing the tap.”

“The accident restricted much of my daily routine, as I had difficulty walking any distance. I had to rely on other family members to help walk my German Shepherd dog and drive me around for the four months it took me to recover."

Colin, trade union member