High Court awards man €66k for fall at work

High Court awards man €66k for fall at work

A man who suffered injuries to his shoulder, hip and knee after he tripped at the entrance of where he worked has been awarded over €66,000 in damages by the High Court.

The award was made by Mr Justice Denis McDonald in favour of Mr Colie Conneely, who the judge said suffered "a very nasty injury" following a fall that occurred at the entrance of the Thermo King factory in Galway on 17, 2014, when he was returning from lunch.

Mr Conneely claimed he tripped after his foot struck a lip between the top of a paving slab and the top of an adjoining concrete channel next to the entrance to the factory building. He had worked at the factory for more than 30 years.

The Judge said he was satisfied that the company was 100% liable for Mr Conneely's injuries, and there was no contributory negligence on his part.

If proper maintenance had been carried out on the place where Mr Conneely fell, the judge said that he had no doubt that anyone inspecting the area would have seen the existence of a lip.

After considering the evidence before the court the Judge said Mr Conneely was "a very frank and honest witness who did not gild the lily or prevaricate in his answers under direct or cross-examination." and had downplayed the impact of what was "a nasty injury".

In the circumstances, the Judge said Mr Conneely was entitled to €66,300 damages.

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Source: Breaking News