Man who suffered traumatic brain injury after falling from ladder settles action for €1.5m
A MAN who claimed he suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling from a ladder has settled his High Court action for €1.5million.
The court heard Michael Brady (47) does not have a memory of the accident which happened when he was clearing ivy from a gutter.
Mr Brady, St Helens , Clondown, Monasterevin, Co Kildare, through his father Philip Brady Senior, sued Philip Brady Building Contractors Ltd with offices at Derrymullan, Roberstown , Naas, Co Kildare as a result of the accident on March 22, 2011. Liability was denied.
Turlough O'Donnell SC said Mr Brady had only been working a week with the firm which is run by another member of the Brady family. He had been doing the job that day with his father.
He sustained a very severe head injury and now has difficulties with his sight and requires support for his daily living.
Counsel said they had been clearing ivy from a gutter but nobody knows exactly what happened as his father returned to find him on the ground. The 16 foot ladder was still in position.
In his action, it was claimed there was an alleged failure to provide a stable ladder for Mr Brady to use in the course of his employment.
There was also an alleged failure to ensure the ladder used was appropriately supported while in use.
After the accident, he had to undergo neurosurgery and facial reconstruction.