Postman Awarded Compensation for Spine Injuries in a Cycling Accident

A postman is to receive £7,300 compensation for spine injuries in a cycling accident following the negotiated settlement of his injury claim against his employers.

David Thompson (62) made his claim following a cycling accident in December 2011, when he was knocked off of his bicycle by a Royal Mail van while returning home from a night shift at the Leeds Mail Centre.

David was taken to hospital by ambulance, where he was diagnosed with soft tissue injuries to the lumbar region of his spine as well as bruising to his leg, chest and ribs. He remained off from work for two months – during which time he had to sleep downstairs in a chair in his Leeds, West Yorkshire home, as it was the only place he could feel comfortable.

When David returned to work at the Leeds Mail Centre in January 2012, he was assigned light work duties to help him recover from his injuries. However, David had to incur additional travel costs to commute to and from work because he had list his confidence to ride his bicycle.

Following a conversation with his union representative, David made a claim for compensation for spine injuries in a cycling accident against his employer – the Royal Mail – and, in a negotiated settlement, resolved his claim for £7,300 cycling accident compensation.