Oliver Chapman, specialist personal injury lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £2,000 for a child who suffered a partial crush amputation of her right middle finger when a toilet door slammed shut.
The claimant was aged 7 when she walked through a toilet door which slammed shut and trapped her right middle finger between the door and the door frame. She suffered a partial crush amputation of her right middle finger which required surgical repair. Fortunately, she had an excellent outcome.
The defendant, Kent County Council, denied liability.
However, we believed that there was a case and sought further disclosure. Photographs of the door showed that the door closing mechanism had clearly been repaired in the past – indicating a previous problem with the door – and the caretaker’s diary was obtained. This did not state that the caretaker had examined the door following the accident and found it to be working in proper order. Instead, it confirmed that further adjustments were required.
Kent County Council continued to deny liability meaning we were obliged to issue court proceedings. The matter passed to a firm of solicitors and the case promptly settled for £2,000 plus payment of our costs, subject to the approval of the court.
We attended the infant settlement approval hearing and the judge approved the proposed settlement.
Oliver Chapman specialises in personal injury. If you would like to ask Oliver a question about a potential case, please contact him on 01892 701234 in confidence.