Mr Inacio Guedes, a one-time employee of the Pizza Express restaurant chain, had been a supervisor at one of the chain’s Uxbridge locations at the time of the incident that led to him bringing an accident claim against his former employers. The incident allegedly occurred in 2006 when Mr Guedes lifted a 30kg box of dough balls – one that normally only holds one-half that weight and quantity of food ingredients and was accidentally filled twice over.
The former pizza restaurant supervisor claims that he sustained a serious injury to his back when he attempted to lift the box. Mr Guedes told the court that he has been in excruciating pain in the wake of the incident to the point where he cannot undertake any work that would involve bending or lifting, and the spinal fusion treatments he underwent in 2008 have done little to alleviate his condition.
The company, who strongly denies Mr Guedes’ claims, now faces a personal injury compensation claim for £200,000 for the ex-worker’s injuries. Pizza Express instead maintains that the disability that Mr Guedes suffers from is due to a pre-existing health condition, and also claim to have evidence in the form of surveillance footage that shows the allegedly disabled man engaging in such activities as riding a bicycle without any clear signs of difficulty and walking without the aid of others or a cane.
The case is currently continuing at this time, with the hearing in London’s High Court ongoing.