A woman working for Southend Council has received GBP 10,000 in injury compensation after hurting her back on a broken chair.
Kay Fagg, 62, was left with a slipped vertebrae, which led to a trapped sciatic nerve, after her employer failed to replace the damaged chair, the Echo reports.
She almost bled to death during an operation to correct the problem and now suffers from long-term pain in her lower back.
Six months after the operation, Mrs Fagg returned to work only to find that Southend Council had finally undertaken a risk assessment and replaced her chair.
She told the paper: "I still have to take every day as it comes and do regular back exercises, as I don’t want to lose the ability to walk."
The news comes soon after reports that Corby Council could be hit with an injury compensation bill totalling £10 million after it was held liable for birth defects in a number of local children caused by air pollution from the local steelworks.