Our client, a member of the NUJ, seriously injured his ankle and finger after tripping on a poorly-maintained cover for utilities in the street.

He was working as a freelance photojournalist when he tripped and fell on the utility, suffering a serious spiral fracture to his ring finger and torn ligaments in his ankle.

As a result of his fall, the 55-year-old needed multiple surgeries to repair the damage to his ankle and finger and was unable to work for seven weeks. He also needed a programme of rehabilitation to help rebuild the strength in his ankle, including physiotherapy and personal training.

Working with his trade union, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), we secured compensation for him.

He said: “I count myself as very fortunate for the full legal backing I had from Thompsons Solicitors and the NUJ. Without my NUJ membership, I could never have afforded to seek legal redress for my injuries.

“It’s part and parcel of my job to travel from one location to another throughout the day – my injuries completely stopped me from working for almost two months, which I found really distressing and actually brought me to a real low point.”

“It’s part and parcel of my job to travel from one location to another throughout the day – my injuries completely stopped me from working for almost two months.”

Trade union member