Man's Biceps 'Ripped From Bones' After Carrying Hot Tub That Delivery Men 'Dropped'
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A man whose biceps were 'ripped from his bones' after carrying a hot tub has been hospitalised and is now suing the company for £200,000.
Darren Berryman was trying to help carry a new hot tub into the garden of his £500,000 house after the delivery men allegedly failed to warn him of the 'risk of injury', his lawyers say.
The 49-year-old sales exec says he heard a 'pop' and felt immediate pain in both arms.
He is now suing Bedfordshire Hot Tubs after claiming their delivery men suddenly dropped the tub without warning, leaving him holding it on his own, which subsequently caused his injury.
However, lawyers from the luxury jacuzzi company are contesting Mr Berryman's claim and do not accept any negligence on the company's part.
According to claim documents filed at the High Court in London, Mr Berryman, of Redbourn, near St Albans, was taking delivery of the hot tub when he suffered his accident.
"He was assisting the defendant's operatives to lower the hot tub from the trolley and when it was about six inches from the ground, the defendant's operatives released hold of the hot tub to let it drop and fall to the ground," his lawyers say.
"But none of the defendant's operatives informed Mr Berryman they were going to let go of the hot tub and he was left holding the full weight of the hot tub on his hands and flexed elbows.
"He heard a pop sound and suffered pain in both arms.
"He was subsequently found at hospital to have suffered a distal rupture of the biceps of both arms."
The former plumber and builder also claims that the delivery men were negligent in allowing him to help when he was not trained or qualified to do so.
His lawyers say that they should have used an air balloon to safely lower it to the ground rather than dropping it.
Darren says he suffered 'loss, damage and considerable inconvenience' as a result.
Lawyers for Bedfordshire Hot Tubs have said: "No admissions are made as to the happening, facts or circumstances of the alleged accident.
"The claimant is put to strict proof as to the nature, timing and occurrence of the circumstance surrounding the accident and the injury as alleged.
"No admissions are made as to causation, nature or extent of the claimant's alleged personal injury, loss and damage."
The claim has been filed at the High Court in London, but has not yet gone before a judge in court.
LADbible have contacted Bedfordshire Hot Tubs for comment.
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