A bus driver who was injured by a faulty door on the bus he was driving has won compensation with the help of Beecham Peacock.
David Bell, who worked as a driver for Stagecoach, injured his shoulder during the accident on 2 December 2010. He was about to start his shift when he noticed that the doors on his bus were not working properly. After reporting the problem to a supervisor, he was ordered back onto the bus, at which point the doors closed behind him. In order to get off the bus he had to force the doors open, causing him to injure his right shoulder.
As a member of Unite, Mr Bell was referred by his union to Beecham Peacock solicitors, where his case was looked after by Ann Seery. At first, Stagecoach denied liability for Mr Bell’s injury and the case was listed for trial, but Mrs Seery was able to secure a settlement for him instead.
Mr Bell, who now works as a taxi driver, said: “At the time of the accident, it was very stressful. It was just before Christmas, and I wasn’t sure if I was even going to get paid for the time I had to take off sick.
“Ann was brilliant throughout, I don’t know where I’d be without her hard work and persistence.
“I’m really pleased I was able to get the support I needed through Unite to win my case.”