A woman who was on a work experience placement when she severed her finger with a saw is seeking compensation of £280,000, it is being reported.
Katie Ward was on the second day of a work experience placement with architects firm Allies and Mason when the accident happened some years ago. She had just completed a degree in model making, and was looking to embark on a career making film sets.
Whilst at Allies and Morrison, she was tasked with cutting wood for a model. However, whilst doing this she accidentally cut off her left index finger as the saw was unguarded. Her finger was later re-attached but she has been left with reduced function in her left hand.
The injury has left Miss Ward with pain in her hand, and has made her have to change career path. She now works in administration for a college.
The Daily Mail reports that she was given £80,000 in compensation for her injury at a hearing in Coventry last year. However, her legal team are reported to be appealing this decision, claiming she is entitled to around £280,000.
The original judge ruled that the injury did not make Miss Ward disabled or greatly affect her future earnings potential. The appeal is challenging this decision to find her not disabled, and the way her loss of future earnings have been calculated.
A judgement in the case will be made at a later date.