Bideford Accident Victim Wins Compensation

Mr Terry Seatherton, who almost lost his right arm when it was trapped in machinery at Devonshire Pine in Bideford, has won injury compensation of over £80,000 from the company’s insurers.

Terry, a keen shooter and sportsman, who lives in Bideford, North Devon was clearing compacted wood shavings from a machine used to feed a heating system. A colleague had switched the machine off in accordance with the company’s procedure, but unknown to both of them, engineers who had recently worked on the machine had altered the isolating switch so power was still on despite the switch indicating that the machine was safe.

As Terry had his arm in the machine, it started up without warning, severely injuring him.

The Bideford accident claim was dealt with by a solicitor at our Bideford office on a no win, no fee basis. He commented:

Terry suffered horrendous arm injuries. There were multiple fractures, severe loss of muscle and skin, total severing of the tendons of the right thumb. He had to endure several operations, including bone and skin grafts. Until very recently, we were worried that the main fracture in his forearm simply would not unite, despite all this surgery- and there was a very real fear that the arm might have to be amputated.

Thankfully, his surgeons are now satisfied that the arm is healing and he is coping very well at work and in daily life, although he still has not fully returned to his love of shooting.

We have been working closely with the solicitors and insurers for Devonshire Pine, who have taken a very sensible and helpful approach throughout this case, and I am happy that we have today managed to agree a substantial sum for Terry’s compensation.”

Slee Blackwell specialise in dealing with injury claims and are one of the few solicitors in the south west to be recommended in the Legal 500 for this type of work. We have a network of offices throughout Devon and Somerset and can see people at any of our branches located in Barnstaple, South Molton, Bideford, Braunton and Taunton. We can also arrange to see injury victims at home or in hospital.

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