A radiographer who broke her ankle in a workplace accident has received £3,000 in compensation after help from her trade union.

Kathryn Knight, 23, was off work for four weeks following the accident at Bradford Royal Infirmary in May 2008. She was pulling a screen, used to give patients’ privacy, along a corridor in the radiology department when the wheels hit her left ankle, causing it to break.

She had never been trained on how to move the heavy screens properly, which should have been pushed rather than pulled.

She has now fully recovered from the accident but had to spend weeks in plaster and was unable to pursue her hobbies, such as horse riding and running.

She said: “I feel I have had to learn the hard way when really I should have been provided with adequate training to avoid going through what has been a particularly painful injury.”

Following the accident, she contacted the Society of Radiographers which ins-tructed its lawyers, Thomp-sons Solicitors, to pursue a claim for compensation.

Bradford Teaching Hosp-ital NHS Foundation Trust admitted liability and settled the claim out of court.

Phil Kyte, of Thompsons Solicitors, said: “A few seconds of instruction would have saved this client a lot of pain and time.”