A gardner’s wish to become an IT technician was dashed by an eye injury at work

Accident at Work


What happened?

Our client was employed as a landscape gardener. His employer, who was working with him, instructed him to use an edging machine. This went against advised practice because the ground was very wet.

A stone flew up and caught our client’s eye, causing him a serious eye injury. This would have been bad enough in itself, but what made it worse was its impact on our client’s career aspirations. He had intended to qualify as an IT technician, but was now unable to do so.

His employer’s insurance company accepted liability for the accident, but not for its impact on his planned change of career. We initiated court proceedings and obtained evidence that our client could realistically have expected to qualify as an IT technician.

The case settled for £60,000.