Monday 26 September 2016

Electrician (38) who 'had difficulty making cup of tea following shoulder injury' settles €38,000 damages claim

By Saurya Cherfi

Published 22/10/2015 | 15:25

Padraic Reddin had been to his GP more than a week following the accident as he had ongoing pain in his shoulders.
Padraic Reddin had been to his GP more than a week following the accident as he had ongoing pain in his shoulders.

A 38-year-old electrician, who claimed he had difficulty making a cup of tea following a shoulder injury at work, has settled a €38,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court against former employer Iarnrod Eireann.

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Padraic Reddin today told the court that in February 2012, he had been working for Iarnrod Eireann at its Fairview, Dublin, depot and had been changing a front destination scroll on a Dart train when he felt a sharp pain in his upper body.

Reddin, of Whiteleaf Grove, Donaghmede, Dublin, told his barrister, Justin McQuade, that he had put the sign down, sat down for some time and completed the job on that day. 

He had been to his GP more than a week following the accident as he had ongoing pain in his shoulders.

Reddin, who sued Iarnrod Eireann for negligence, claimed that the task of changing the 10 kilos sign, which was above his head at a seven foot height, was a two-man job.  The company had denied his claims.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that one of Reddin’s superior had refused to fill an accident report form as he had reported the accident two weeks after it had happened.

Mr McQuade told the court that his client’s pain had been exacerbated on two more occasions, including after carrying all day a laptop in a bag on his shoulder.

Reddin said he had felt pain and discomfort for several months and had experienced difficulty in his everyday life.  He had trouble sleeping and occasionally felt pain when making a cup of tea.

He had not been able to play golf and football and had needed several months off work.  He had undergone several physiotherapy sessions and had occasional ongoing pain.

Iarnrod Eireann claimed Reddin, who had been a safety officer within the company for two years before the incident, had not properly assessed the task.

Following a brief adjournment, Mr McQuade told the court that his client’s claim had settled.  Judge Groarke struck out the case and awarded Reddin his legal costs.  Details of the settlement were not disclosed in court.

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