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Hearing Settles Work Accident Claim Against Irish Rail

Posted: October 28th, 2015

A compensation claim for a workplace shoulder injury has been settled for a former employee of Irish rail. 
The accident occurred in February 2012, when thirty-eight year-old Padraic Reddin – from Donaghmede in Dublin – was working as an electrician in Irish Rail. He was asked to change the scroll showing the destination of one of the Dart trains when he sustained the injury.
As Padriac lifted the scroll to its place, he felt a sharp pain in his shoulders and across his torso. He took a break to rest, before securing the fitting later that day.
However, the pain persisted and started to negatively impact Padraic’s life. His sleep was disrupted, and he even felt pain engaging in simple tasks such as making tea. Despite a visit to the GP, his pain continued for many months after the accident.
Though Padraic reported the injury to one of his superiors, he waited until two weeks after the actual accident occurred. As such, the superior refused to fill out an accident report form.
After seeking legal counsel, Padraic made a claim for work injury compensation against Iarnród Éireann, as well as sending an application to the Injuries Board to asses the claim. However, the employers would not allow an investigation, and as such Padraic was granted permission to pursue his claim though the courts by the board.
Earlier this week, the hearing to establish liability was heard by Mr Justice Raymond Groarke in the Circuit Civil Court. There, evidence was given of how the scroll with which Padraic was tasked to replace weighed around 10 kg, and needed to be lifted 2 metres into place.
However, after Padraic’s solicitors argued that the task should have been delegated to two employees, rather than just Padraic, a request was put in for a brief adjournment. Once this finished, and the court returned to session, the judge was informed that the case had been settled for an undisclosed amount and could be struck out.

Categories: Work Injury Claim

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