Former Scaffolder Compensated After Accident Results in Brain Damage

A scaffolder from Goole who suffered serious brain injuries in an accident at work just over five years ago has received compensation. 35-year-old Patrick O’Malley had been working for Powertherm Access Services at the time of the accident, which was caused by his employer’s negligence. A scaffolding gantry designed to support loads of up to a tonne collapsed under Mr O’Malley’s weight because a platform had been fitted using the wrong type of bolts.

Accident claims involving falls from height are not uncommon in the construction industry, especially in regard to falls from height. Personal injury claims raised by workers who have fallen from height often deal with catastrophic or serious injuries. Having fallen 20 feet from the scaffolding gantry to the ground beneath, Mr O’Malley was lucky to survive the incident but was left with serious and permanent brain injuries.

After Mr O’Malley’s mother contacted the former scaffolder’s trade union, Unite, a claim for compensation was brought against Powertherm. However, Mr O’Malley’s former employer settled out of court for an undisclosed sum and are currently seeking damages from the contractors responsible for the scaffolding platform. Mr O’Malley’s mother, Maisey, said: “At first we had to get our heads round the idea that he wouldn’t survive but after four years of intensive rehabilitation in hospital Patrick has been able to return home with full time care”. No win no fee provides professional legal advice to those who have been injured in accidents at work.

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