Work-related accident

Our client was a lorry driver and scuba diving instructor. In 2008 an incident caused him to fall 4-5 feet from the cab of his lorry onto the ground on his back.  Over the coming months, he experienced continuing back pain, numbness in his legs and tightness around his waist.

Later the same year, he also had a diving accident.  After tests and treatment in a decompression chamber he was found to have a lung cyst bullae which ended his diving career. However, the numbness in his legs continued to deteriorate until he attended A&E and underwent emergency surgery for an arachnoid cyst of the spine. Following the surgery he remained in a wheelchair for 6 months before making a partial recovery, still requiring a stick to walk.

It was the defendant’s case that the Arachnoid Cyst could not be caused by blunt trauma (from the fall) and that the diving accident had caused, or contributed to, the condition.  A joint expert in diving accidents was instructed who found no evidence that this was the case and a six-figure settlement was agreed.