Thursday 22 February 2018

Carpenter who suffered brain trauma in fall settles for €700,000

Tim Healy

A CARPENTER who suffered brain trauma when he fell eight feet from a mobile scaffold has settled his High Court action for €700,000. Paul McEvoy,(35) Lisreagh, Co Cavan, was in a coma for three weeks after the accident on a construction site at Kileen Castle, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine was told it is unlikely that Mr McEvoy will ever be able to return to the work he did.

Approving the settlement, the judge said it was very distressing and sad and she noted that Mr McEvoy had lost a brother in a tragic accident in the US a few years ago when he fell through a ceiling.

Mr McEvoy sued main contractors G&T Crampton Ltd, with offices at  Ballintaggart House, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin, and his employers Guyomar Ltd, with offices at  Derrycramp, Cavan, as a result of the accident on June 28 2007.

It was claimed that Mr McEvoy was working on a mobile scaffold when, due to the  alleged negligence of the defendants, the scaffold overturned.

It was claimed there was a failure to supervise Mr McEvoy and a failure to provide him with any adequate personal protective equipment.

It was further claimed his employer failed to devise a safe system of work for Mr McEvoy and failed to take all reasonable steps to ensure his safety.

After he fell eight feet to the ground, he lost consciousness on impact.

He was rushed to James Connolly Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Beaumont Hospital where he remained in a coma for three weeks.

He suffered a skull fracture and it was claimed, as a result of the trauma to his brain, he  has no memory of events for the 24 hours prior to the accident and of the three weeks afterwards.

After the accident, he suffered from double vision and was unable to return to work.

The defendants had denied the claims.


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