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Man agrees
settlement for injuries

a MAN who suffered severe facial injuries when the polishing cup of an angle grinder flew off and hit him in the face has settled his High Court action for €500,000.

The court was told the settlement was made without admission of liability.

Approving the settlement, the President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said a most unfortunate accident involving facial injuries to Paul Crowley's jaw left him with permanent pain. He hoped the settlement would help Mr Crowley.

Mr Crowley, a construction worker, of Belmayne Park North, Balgriffin, Dublin, had sued Midwest Formwork and Reinforcing Ltd with offices at Bushfield, Oranmore, Co Galway aver the accident which happened on a construction site at Grand Canal Square, Dublin on April 9th 2009.


Mr Crowley claimed he was operating a grinder machine when the polishing cup fractured, shot up and hit him on the left side of the face.

He suffered a fracture to his jaw, a deep laceration and an injury to a facial nerve and experienced difficulties eating and talking.

He alleged failure to have any or any adequate regard for his safety while employed at the location and failure to provide a safe system of work.

The claims were denied by the defendant who also pleaded contributory negligence against Mr Crowley, alleging he failed to take adequate care.