Successful settlement provides security for quadruple amputee
A scaffolder forced to undergo a quadruple amputation after suffering electrocution from overhead power lines while at work has received a “life changing” settlement, Enable Law can confirm.
Father-of-two Jamie Mines, 34, had been fixing a metal sheet to a roof in Swindon when 33,000 volts of electricity arced across from cables which were too close.
The incident, in December 2016, left Mr Mines placed in an induced coma for six weeks and, eventually, without the use of hands or feet.
In October last year his former firm, Swindon-based Boundary Scaffolding Ltd, was fined £80,000 and its director Jonathan Griffiths-Clack handed a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Mr Mines, from Frome in Somerset, said: “This result means me and my family can move on with our lives. It’s been astonishing how quickly this has happened but it’s such a relief to have this kind of support.
“I’ve got my sights set on being a Paralympic athlete. I’m still young and used to play semi-pro football, and I’ve never stopped wanting to get back on the pitch. That kind of ambition can cost money as well as time.
“But in the shorter term I’ll be taking the family on a lovely holiday.”
The settlement was negotiated by Frances Letchford of medical and personal injury specialists Enable Law after she was recommended to Mr Mines by a judge.
Frances said: “This was a very sad case for all involved, however the team at Enable Law have such diverse experience and expertise that we were able to bring this claim to settlement within 17 months.
“It’s very pleasing Jamie can now move on with his life.”