Worker sues Downham Market firm for £200,000 compensation over accident injuries

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A welder who was badly injured when he was hit by a falling metal frame while working for a Downham firm has taken legal action for up to £200,000 in compensation.

Scott Fewster, 40, says he was working at skateboard ramp manufacturers Highline Extreme, on the St John’s business estate, when a frame fell off a forklift truck towards him.

He then claims he fell backwards onto a concrete floor, still clutching the 40kg frame he was carrying.

According to the writ issued at the High Court in London, 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.

The writ says that, later, Mr Fewster needed three operations on his hands, but now has a constant dull ache in both wrists.

It also states he has reduced sensation, making it difficult for him to pick up objects, and he finds he drops things.

And the writ 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 Medway Close, Wisbech, is claiming damages after the accident, which happened on May 21, 2010.

The company is said to have admitted liability for the accident but the two sides 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 of that year.

He remained unemployed until February last year 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