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A man who slipped on a flooded roof and suffered life-changing injuries has won more than £390,000 in compensation.
The man worked as a maintenance manager for a hotel in the centre of Manchester. The accident happened in January 2011. Water was leaking from the roof of the hotel into a room below, which was needed for a conference. The roof could only be accessed via the roof of the building next door, on which there was a large, deep puddle. The man slipped when he and a roofer were crossing the roof to find the source of the leak.
He immediately felt severe pains in his leg and ankle. He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital, where it was discovered that he had fractured his shin and ankle. He underwent surgery on multiple occasions and was in hospital for six weeks, during which time he was in constant pain.
Some time after his discharge from hospital, he required further surgery and, although he has now been able to return to work with modified duties, his mobility remains impaired.
He brought a claim against his employers, who admitted primary liability, and the owners of the building. The puddle on which he slipped had been caused by two drainage holes being blocked, and he had previously warned the building's owners about this problem. After negotiation with the insurers, his claim was finally settled for £390,100.