A heavy goods driver, who injured his back delivering milk, has settled his compensation claim for a fall at work from a delivery lorry out of court.
In March 2015, Ross Knowles (50) from Upton in West Yorkshire was delivering pallets of milk to a customer in Peterborough when, as he was coming to end of the delivery, his lost his grip on a handle at the rear of his lorry and fell backwards. Ross was knocked unconscious in the fall and suffered damage to his spine and several vertebrae.
Unable to work and in constant pain, Ross sought legal advice and made a claim for a fall at work from a delivery lorry against his employers – Buckley Farm Dairy in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire. In his legal action, Ross alleged that he should have been provided with a ladder while he was doing a physically demanding job at height, rather than have to climb onto the trailer of the lorry each time he had to move the pallets forward.
The dairy acknowledged liability for Ross´ injury and his claim for a fall at work from a delivery lorry was settled out of court for £39,000. Despite the settlement, Ross is concerned about his future employment prospects. He told the Wakefield Express: “I would love to go back to work at some stage. But I don’t know what else I can do. I’ll have to see what the doctor says because I’m very limited now. If I carry too much, my back goes”.
Since the settlement of his claim for a fall at work from a delivery lorry, Ross has sold his family home and moved into a bungalow as he is unable to climb stairs. “The pain in my lower back means I can’t get into a bath” he told his local newspaper. “I’m on incapacity benefit and I can’t work because of my medical condition and the pain I’m in. I don’t think I will get my HGV licence back and I’ll be on medication for the rest of my life.”