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Art lecturer seriously injured after tree fall wins compensation

20 November 2009

Law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP has recovered £300,000 in compensation for an art lecturer at Southgate College who suffered major injuries when he was hit by a falling tree. Mr M, a 58 year old from Tottenham in North London, was walking in the grounds of the college when a diseased copper beech tree fell, knocking him unconscious.

As a result of the accident, he suffered major injuries including a fractured skull and three fractures to his spine. He went on to develop a stammer and a twitch and was diagnosed as suffering from both Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression as a result of the accident. Mr M had to retire from his job at Southgate College for medical reasons.

Amenity Sports Management Ltd (ASM), the company employed by Southgate College to undertake general grounds maintenance work on the campus, admitted liability and agreed to compensate Mr M. 

Mark Bowman, the personal injury lawyer at Field Fisher Waterhouse who acted for Mr M on this claim, said: “It was tricky to determine whether the employer, its contractor or subcontractor was responsible for the accident. I am happy with the outcome of the case and glad that Mr M will now receive compensation to cover the costs of his treatments and to make up for the loss of earnings resulting from his early retirement.” 

Mr M said: “I would like to thank Mark for all his hard work. Throughout the claim he has worked extremely efficiently and has always been approachable, amenable and sympathetic throughout what has been very trying time for me.”

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