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Man Compensated by Family Firm for Brain Injuries

Posted: September 6th, 2015

A man, who sustained severe injuries to his brain after he fell off a ladder whilst at work, has received a seven-figure settlement of compensation for his injuries.

Michael Brady, aged forty-seven from Monasterevin in Co. Kildare, had just begun working at his family’s construction firm, Philip Brady Building Contractors Ltd in Naas, when the accident occurred. On the 22nd March 2011, Michael was working with his father, Philip Brady Senior (who, though related to the owner of the firm, does not own it himself), when he was asked to remove overgrown vegetation from a gutter. To do this, he was required to climb up a sixteen-foot ladder.

Philip briefly left Michael working atop of the ladder, but when he returned he found his son unresponsive on the ground. The emergency services were called and Michael was rushed to hospital, where he underwent an emergency brain operation. Since the accident, Michael has had many more surgeries to both repair the damage to his brain and face. Despite these procedures, Michael has been reliant on twenty-four hour care since his accident and has suffered from impaired vision.

The accident meant that Michael was not able to represent himself in legal proceedings, so his father, Philip Senior, made a claim for work injury compensation against the contractors. In his legal action, Philip alleged that the ladder provided to Michael was not suitable for the work required and that it did not have the adequate safety mechanisms to prevent an accident such as Michael’s.

Though Philip Brady Building Contractors Ltd initially denied liability for the injuries Michael sustained, they eventually offered Michael a compensation settlement of €1.5 million. This offer was made very shortly before the scheduled High Court hearing, and after hearing details of the case, the judge approved the settlement and proceeded to close the case.

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