Tuesday 12 December 2017

Paramedic who sued for shock after death of colleague who fell from moving ambulance settles action

Paramedic PJ Cahill attending court. Photo: Courtpix
Paramedic PJ Cahill attending court. Photo: Courtpix

A paramedic who sued for nervous shock after witnessing the death of a colleague who fell out of a moving ambulance has settled his High Court action.

PJ Cahill was driving an ambulance, which was transporting a patient from Cavan to Dublin, when his friend, father of six Simon Sexton, fell through an allegedly defective side door in the vehicle and was killed.

Mr Cahill (50) from Kilnagarbet, Stradone, Co Cavan had sued his employers, the HSE, and the German manufacturer of the ambulance, Wietmarscher Ambulanz Und Sonderf Ahrzeug GMBH, arising out of the accident on June 2, 2010.

He had claimed there was an alleged failure  to ensure a motion lock was fitted to the ambulance door to ensure it could not be opened while in motion.

The claims were denied by both defendants.

On the third day of the action,  Miriam Reilly SC told the court the case had been resolved and could be struck out against both defendants.

Mr Cahill had told the court he suffers survivor's guilt following the accident.

“I felt it was never ending thing. I was on a merry go around I could not get off,”  he said.

In a statement afterwards through his solicitors, Hayden Dolan & Co, Mr Cahill was pleased the litigation had come to an end.  It had been a very stressful time for him and his family.

"In particular, PJ's thoughts are with Catherine Sexton, the widow of his life long friend and colleague Simon and their six wonderful children," the statement said.

The paramedic also thanked his wife Bernie and their children along with his friends and work colleagues for their support..

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