A woman, who severed her finger in a circular saw accident, while on a work experience placement, is claiming £280,000 in compensation.
Twenty eight year old Katie Ward, from Royal Leamington Spa, was only on the second day of her placement at a London based architectural firm, when she cut off her left index finger, while operating an unguarded circular saw.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the promising young artist, who was hoping to pursue a career building sets and props in the movie industry, was cutting a part for an architectural model on the machine, when the accident happened.
Following an emergency operation, surgeons managed to re-attach her finger but she has now been left with reduced functionality in her left hand.
After launching a claim for accident at work compensation, Miss Ward received £80,000 in damages at Coventry Crown Court but her legal team argued that the compensation should have been closer to £280,000 and appealed the decision.
The case is now being heard at the Court of Appeal in London, where lawyers are attempting to determine the extent of Miss Ward’s disability; however judgement has been deferred to an unspecified later date.