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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Man hit on head by barbell in gym is awarded €14k damages

Saurya Cherfi

A 39-year-old unemployed man, who was hit on the head by a barbell while exercising in a gym, has been awarded damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Paul Gallagher told the court that on the 29th December 2010, Andrew Brehony was using a weight machine at Club Vitae, Cardiff Lane, Sir Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin, when the accident happened.

He had been changing the weight bar to a different level when a v-shaped bar fell from a bench press machine on to his head.

“I couldn’t move my arms for a couple of seconds. I thought someone had hit me,” he said.

Brehony, of Pearse Square, Dublin, told the court he went to the gym reception to inform them about the incident and declined an offer to call an ambulance. He went home and had later developed headaches and neck pain and eventually went to the hospital.

He suffered a soft tissue injury to his head and neck and was prescribed painkillers. He said the headaches and the neck pain had not resolved yet and required to be treated with anti-inflammatory.

In a defence sent to Brehony’s solicitors, Anderson and Gallagher, Club Vitae said it denied that the injuries suffered were completely due to the accident.

Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery, heard that the gym did not deny the accident had occurred, but it asked the court to assess damages taking into account that Mr Brehony had a history of headaches before the accident.

Judge Deery awarded Brehony €14,665 damages along with costs.

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