Friday 23 February 2018

Pollock says friends won't pay a penny over fall

Mark Pollock with Simone George at their home in Dublin
Mark Pollock with Simone George at their home in Dublin

Sam Griffin

Mark Pollock says the friends he took legal action against won't have to pay a penny despite a London High Court judge ruling in his favour.

The adventurer (39), who became the first blind man to race to the South Pole, sued his friends Enda and Madeline Cahill after he fell 25 feet out an open window in their home in Oxfordshire in the UK in 2010.

High Court judge Mr Justice William Davis yesterday upheld the claim against the couple.

Mr Pollock, from Co Down, is in line for a £2m payout, though he says it will only cover "a faction of the financial cost" he bears as a result of the fall which left him paralysed and confined to a wheelchair.

In a statement following the ruling, Mr Pollock said it was "misleading and provocative" to say he had sued his friends.

"My claim was made where there was a public liability insurance policy in place to meet the cost of accidents like mine," he said.

"They were never at risk of having to compensate me from their own pockets."

He said he limited the claim for damages to the cap on the Cahills' policy and said the insurance company covered all the legal costs.

The accident occurred weeks before he was due to marry his fiancée Simone George. He has since set up the Mark Pollock Trust to help spinal injury victims.

Irish Independent

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