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Our client is a workshop technician making furniture. He sustained a traumatic injury to his left index finger caused by the blade of a circular saw provided by his employer.

He alleged that he had not received proper training in the use of the saw, that the fence on the saw was set too far forward and that the top guard of the saw was too high, and its angle had not been correctly adjusted. Our client suffered an amputation to the tip of his index finger leading to ongoing restrictions in grip strength, finger function and discomfort and tenderness to the tip of the finger, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. The case was initially defended. However, we successfully negotiated a settlement which resulted in the defendant agreeing to pay our client a five-figure sum in damages.