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Clinical scientist suing hospital

Posted in: Neck Injuries Shoulder Injuries Workplace Injuries 

A clinical scientist is suing Derriford Hospital after a cupboard fell off the wall, causing her serious injuries.  Samantha Sims suffered injuries to her hands, thumbs and neck in the accident and has been unable to work since the accident in September 2011.  She is suing the NHS Trust for approximately £300,000.

Ms Sims (38) lodged a claim with the High Court in London, saying that the injury has caused her to develop spasms in the muscles around her neck and shoulders, causing her great pain.  It was heard that the accident took place in the Radiotherapy Department of the hospital.  Ms Sims had opened a cupboard door when the entire cupboard fell onto her, pinning her down by her arms until another colleague helped her.

Unlikely to regain work ability

Since the accident, Ms Sims has received extensive treatment for her injuries, including physiotherapy and surgery.  Following surgery, which stimulated some improvement, an MRI scan found a complex tear in her left shoulder. The personal injury has left her unable to carry out her standard work duties, and it is unlikely that she will ever be able to regain the ability to do so.

As a result, Ms Sims has claimed compensation from Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust “in excess of £300,000”.  Legal proceedings are still underway as the final figure is still to be settled.

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