We helped a Merseyside man secure a significant settlement after a fall at work left him with back and head injuries.
Iain Baird, 55, was attempting to climb a rope ladder onto a vessel in the Liverpool Bay in August 2018 when it snapped, causing him to fall and part of the ladder to land on top of him.
Mr Baird, a self-employed river boat pilot from Wirral, suffered severe back pain and a head injury that left him unable to work for a month.
The pain persisted, and four years on, he still suffers from back issues.
Mr Baird said: “The accident has had a debilitating effect on my life, physically and mentally. I now suffer from anxiety at times, which is predominantly triggered when I’m having to board or disembark ships with ladders similar to the one that failed, resulting in my injury.
“If I was a few steps higher I would have fallen back into the water, with the tangled ladder landing on top of me. It could have been fatal.”
He was signposted to Thompsons Solicitors for legal guidance after seeking help from his union, Unite.
Our foreign jurisdiction specialists helped him secure a settlement after a tough fight with the various defendants.