We helped Julie, a prison administration officer and PCS member, secure £125,000 in compensation after a slip at work left her physically disabled for months and mentally vulnerable.

Julie was working in a Young Offenders’ Institution in Dorset when she slipped on spilt liquid in front of inmates when walking to her office.

She fell heavily and fractured her leg. She had to have immediate orthopaedic nailing surgery. Julie was unable to walk and had to sleep downstairs in her home for seven months.

After a second round of surgery to her leg, Julie was able to walk and move more freely. However, she has been left with a debilitating phobia of falling on wet surfaces, which has had a lasting impact on her life including her independence and ability to work.

Julie said: “The experience of falling in a prison in front of inmates was humiliating and I felt really vulnerable. I am now afraid of leaving the house on wet days in case I fall again. I’ve had to leave my job because of my phobia of falling and am struggling to find a new job.

“Thompsons and PCS were so supportive while I was physically recovering from the fall and as I sought to come to terms with the mental consequences. My solicitor was extremely patient with me and my compensation has gone a long way in providing financial peace of mind during a very difficult time for me.”

“My solicitor was extremely patient with me and my compensation has gone a long way in providing financial peace of mind during a very difficult time for me.”

Julie, trade union member