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    Postman wins £3,000 after damaging darts finger

    Postman wins £3,000 after damaging darts finger in letter box
    By MARTIN DELGADO
    Last updated at 2:34 AM on 14th February 2010


    A postman who trapped his finger in a letter box has won £3,000 damages from the householder after complaining that the injury stopped him from playing darts.
    Dennis Coleman, 52, said the cut he suffered meant he could not compete for cash prizes in local tournaments.
    He was delivering mail to Martin Welch’s four-bedroom home when the letter-box flap snapped shut on the middle finger of his right hand.
    He was treated at an accident-and-emergency department, then hired ‘no win, no fee’ solicitors to make a claim against Mr Welch.

    Cut up: But Dennis Coleman was soon back on top form in darts competitions
    The civil engineer, 49, initially offered £500 in a settlement but eventually agreed to pay six times that because he was worried about legal costs if the case went to court.
    Mr Welch believes the accident in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, last March, occurred because Mr Coleman was rushing to finish his round.
    But the postman said the letter box was dangerous because it incorporated a home-made draught-excluder. He said the cut to the finger on his dart-throwing hand was so severe that he was off work for six weeks.
    Mr Welch was out at the time of the accident. He knew nothing of it until a claim document arrived from TMJ Legal Services.
    It said: ‘It will be alleged that you were in breach of your statutory duties under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957.’
    It added that Mr Coleman would be seeking financial compensation due to ‘loss of opportunity to obtain prize money from darts competition’.
    But within a few months of the accident, Mr Coleman was back on top form on the North East darts circuit, competing for the £750 top prize in the Teesside Ranking Event at Marton Country Club, Middlesbrough.
    He produced one of the night’s big upsets and was ‘a whisker away from the semi-finals’, reported his local paper, the Evening Gazette.
    Mr Welch, who has since sold the £300,000 house, said: ‘I am astonished Royal Mail doesn’t have procedures in place with insurers to deal with this.
    'The letter box is as it was when the home was built 20 years ago, and after the accident Royal Mail went on delivering.
    ‘I believe the postman was under pressure to finish his round. You don’t get your finger trapped in a letter box if you are doing your job carefully.’
    Mr Coleman said: ‘The cut was deep and pouring with blood. I had three stitches and my hand was badly swollen and extremely painful. I couldn’t play darts for around four months. I had the choice of asking Royal Mail to deal with the matter or making a private claim.’
    A Royal Mail manager allegedly examined the letter box after the accident but a spokesman said last night:
    ‘Royal Mail has not been approached by the postman nor the householder and has had no knowledge of any legal action concerning this incident.’ TMJ Legal Services declined to comment.


    Read more: Postman wins £3,000 after damaging darts finger in letter box | Mail Online

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    He said the cut to the finger on his dart-throwing hand was so severe that he was off work for six weeks.



    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    I had three stitches and my hand was badly swollen and extremely painful.


    Obviously the cure for this finger malady is to poke the sick digit into the eye of common sense. Blagger.

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    The world has gone fucking mad.

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    He got a bit more than just his Bus Fare Home in this case!

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    Mr Welch, who has since sold the £300,000 house, said: ‘I am astonished Royal Mail doesn’t have procedures in place with insurers to deal with this.
    me too. Most employers have to cough up if staff are hurt at work - or atleast their insurance companys do..

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    He said the cut to the finger on his dart-throwing hand was so severe that he was off work for six weeks.
    Fuckin pussy, i had both my hands savaged by dogs last week and didn't miss a day of work.






    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    and was ‘a whiskey away from the semi-finals’,
    More like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    It added that Mr Coleman would be seeking financial compensation due to ‘loss of opportunity to obtain prize money from darts competition’.
    So - lets get this straight .

    He got 3000 GBP compensation for the loss of the opportunity to win cash from what can only be recognised as a game of chance !! ( Unless the results were 'fixed' several weeks in advance !) WTF!

    As quoted he was back in 'Top Form' after a few months after his recovery from the injury and entered a main competition with the first prize being 750 GBP but he did not reach the semi finals !
    Gotta win a few of them to be worth 3000 GBP

    Its not as if his employer did not pay him whilst he was off 'sick' - it was his hobby FFS !

    The more tales like this I see the happier I am that I don't live there any more.

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