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Son Sues Parents after Ladder Fall at Sweet Factory

A son has sued his parents after a ladder fall accident at a sweet factory left him injured.

Blair Paterson was working at his family’s confectionery business at the time of the accident in June 2008. The company – Mrs Tilly’s – manufactures traditional Scottish hand made confectionery such as fudge.

The incident occurred whilst Mr Paterson was using a ladder in the company warehouse. He fell a height of eight foot from this ladder and landed on the warehouse floor below.

Mr Paterson suffered a life-changing ankle injury in the fall, as well as breaking bones in his shin. The injury causes him to walk with a limp and four years after the accident, he still struggles with pain. He is also said to struggle with many activities he enjoyed before the accident, such as golf and jogging.

The Daily Record reports that he made a compensation claim for the ladder accident against the insurers of the firm. It is reported that compensation of £107,000 has been awarded to Mr Paterson for his injuries. This is expected to be reduced by 25% due to contributory negligence. This is when a claimant is ruled to be partly responsible themselves for the accident.

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