A Wisbech welder who was badly injured when he was hit by a falling metal frame while working has launched a legal battle for compensation of up to £200,000.
Scott Fewster, 40, says he was working at skateboard ramp manufacturers Highline Extreme of Downham Market when a frame fell off a forklift truck towards him, and he fell backwards onto a concrete floor, still clutching the 40kg frame he was carrying.
He suffered a head and neck injury as well soft tissue injuries to both forearms, and bruising to his body, and was very incapacitated for the next three months, unable to drive and needing personal care according to a writ issued at London’s High Court and just made publicly available.
The writ says that Later, Mr Fewster needed three operations on his hands, but now has a constant dull ache in both wrists, reduced sensation making it difficult for him to pick up objects, and he finds he drops things.
It also says he has neck pain and stiffness, dizziness, and finds his ability to take part in his hobbies of judo, table tennis and drumming is restricted by his injuries.
Now Mr Fewster, of 4 Meway Close, Wisbech, is claiming damages from Highline Extreme, of St John’s Business Estate, Downham Market, after the accident on May 21 2010.
The company is said to have admitted liability for the accident but the two side are thought unable to agree how much compensation Mr Fewster should receive.
After the accident he was unable to work regularly until October 2011, but found then that he was unable to cope with the work, and was dismissed in December 2011. He remained unemployed until February 2013 when he found work. He is able to work 30 hours a week, on light duties.
His wrist problems will be permanent, he will probably always be restricted to part time light work, and will be unfit to return to heavy manual work, the writ claims.
The prognosis for his injuries is uncertain, and he is currently awaiting assessment by a consultant neuropsychiatrist