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Worker Compensated for Brain Injuries After Ladder Fall

Posted: September 5th, 2015

A forty-seven year-old man, who was seriously injured after he fell from a ladder at work, has received compensation for his injuries.

The accident occurred on the 22nd March 2011 when Michael Brady, from Monasterevin in Co. Kildare, was working at his family firm in Naas. He had just started work at the Philip Brady Building Contractors Ltd when he was asked to clear vegetation from a gutter. Accompanied by his father, Philip Brady (who does not own the company, but is related to the owner), he climbed atop of a sixteen-foot ladder to accomplish the job.

Philip briefly left his son, but by the time he returned, Michael had fallen from the ladder and was found unresponsive on the ground. The emergency services were called and Michael was rushed to hospital. There, he underwent emergency neurosurgery and since has had other operations to reconstruct his the damage to his face and repair some more of the brain damage. However, since the accident, Michael has been dependent on round-the-click care and has suffered from impaired vision.

The brain damage meant that Michael was deemed unable to represent himself in court, and as such Philip Brady Senior made a claim for work injury compensation on his son’s behalf. In the claim, Philip alleges that the ladder Michael was required to use was not suitable for the task and that it lacked sufficient safety guards to prevent him falling.

However, Philip Brady Building Contractors Ltd denied that they were liable for Michael’s accident. However, just before the scheduled High Court hearing, the judge who was to oversee the case was informed that Michael had been offered a compensation settlement of €1.5 million. The judge approved the settlement for a work injury claim and then closed the case.

Categories: Work Accident

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