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Widow of man who suffered brain damage in horror workplace accident seeks compensation

The widow of a man who suffered serious brain damage in a horrific workplace accident is now seeking High Court approval for a compensation settlement of £ 625,000.

The father of two, Simon Blockley, tragically died at the age of 44 on April 3, 2020 – just over a year after the incident.

Mr Blockley was unloading a stack of garage doors from a pallet while working for his employer, Loughborough homebuilder William Davis Ltd, when the accident occurred, Leicestershire Live reports.

According to documents released by the High Court in London, which have only now been made public, Mr Blockley was carrying out the task with a colleague on a gloomy day.

He was injured when the couple got caught in a gust of wind and the doors knocked him over.

Newspapers say he hit his head on the ground, causing “serious and life-altering” brain injuries.

Now Ms Blockley is asking the High Court to approve a compensation settlement worth £ 625,000 which has been agreed with the company.

The settlement includes £ 46,297.98 for the couple’s two young boys.

Court approval is required for their part of the compensation as they are minors, under the age of 18.

His agreement is necessary for the remainder of the compensation.

The documents reveal that the responsibility was agreed between the two parties on a 75 to 25 percent basis in favor of the Blockley family, of Thorpe Astley, in the Blaby district.

They claim that the accident happened due to the negligence of the company.

Mr Blockley was treated at Coventry University Hospital, Walsgrave, and the Brain Injury Unit at Leicester General Hospital, before moving to the Leonard Cheshire Disability Home in Sileby, near Loughborough.

He died in the Royal Leicester Infirmary.

No official investigation has been carried out into his death.

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