Lifting and handling patients is a task familiar to all staff in the NHS, including our client who was working in a busy hospital when she was required to transfer a patient.

The patient had significant mobility issues and required assistance. However, due to the busy nature of the shift there were only limited staff who could assist, and so our client continued with the task in hand.

When attempting the transfer of the patient from a trolley to a bed, she injured her back.

"Being injured is bad enough, but to then have your whole character and credibility attacked is something quite different. The hospital decided it would use smoke and mirrors to try and hide its fault from the Judge. Fortunately, the Judge saw through it all.”

Sam Ledgerd, Thompsons Solicitors

The hospital denied it was at fault and sought to attack the credibility of our client. However, at trial, the Judge accepted that our client had been injured in the way that she had described and awarded compensation.

Speaking after the trial Sam Ledgerd, from Thompsons’ Liverpool office, said: “Being injured is bad enough, but to then have your whole character and credibility attacked is something quite different. Our client was clear as to how the accident had occurred yet the hospital decided it would use smoke and mirrors to try and hide its fault from the Judge. Fortunately, as we were confident he would, the Judge saw through it all.”