March 24, 2017
A butcher has settled his leptospirosis compensation claim for an undisclosed figure after solicitors reached an agreement with the man´s former employer.
In August 2012, the fifty-nine year old butcher sought advice from his GP after experiencing a range of symptoms including fever, severe headaches, pains in his eyes and across his body. Tests revealed the butcher was suffering from a leptospirosis infection and, although he was successfully treated for the infection, he stills suffers from fatigue and continues to experience headaches.
Since 2003, the man had been Head Butcher for Ragley Estate Meat in Redditch, and his duties had included transporting livestock for slaughter and subsequently cleaning the trailers of faeces and urine. During this time, the man had never been warned of the risks he was exposed to by working with live animals or provided with any personal protective equipment.
Once his symptoms had been diagnosed, the infection was reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) as is required by law. The HSE conducted an investigation, following which more information was provided to the other employees on the state. The butcher unfortunately was unable to return to his position full-time due to his post-infection symptoms and, in 2013, he took voluntary redundancy.
The man subsequently sought legal advice about his former employer´s failure to warn him of the risks of his job and failure to provide personal protective equipment. He subsequently made a leptospirosis compensation claim against Ragley Estate Meat, which was recently settled for an undisclosed six-figure sum. Speaking after the settlement of his leptospirosis compensation claim, the man said:
“While nothing is going to change the health problems I have had over the past few years, I hope this settlement will allow me to look to a brighter future. It is also vital that my story encourages farming businesses to ensure they are doing everything they can to protect workers from leptospirosis and other related illnesses.”