Ex-jockey awarded £22k compensation

Personal injury compensation of £22,000 has been awarded to an ex-professional jockey following an accident at work.

According to Taunton People, Jeffrey Kear had to have the top half of his toe amputated after an incident that occurred at Stockland Lovell, a prestigious 900-acre equestrian centre in Bridgwater.

Mr Kear was working as a facilities manager at the base when two large wooden pallets fell on his foot, which caused a serious injury to his big toe which then became infected.

He has not been able to return to work since the incident and has now been awarded a five-figure damages sum.

"After the pallet fell, I didn't think much about it but it was extremely painful … after a few days, the pain was so intense I could not even walk," Mr Kear told the news source.

Mark Hill of Stockland Lovell said his organisation "regrets" the incident, but added the employee should have been advised to wear steel toe boots.

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11/11/2011 16:11