Cow Bay woman sues over injury
A COW Bay woman who went to check on an associate’s property after Cyclone Yasi as a favour while he was overseas is seeking $150,000 in damages after cutting her hand on the veranda.
Brenda Mary Svendsen, 53, was checking Neal Lawrence Keenan’s property after the weather event on February 5, 2011, when she slipped over on some mud. As she fell, Ms Svendsen tried to steady herself and cut her hand on an ‘‘exposed’’ piece of corrugated i r on which was attached to the veranda.
She has lodged a claim in the Townsville District Court through law firm Preston Law, arguing that the injury has limited the movement in her hand and has caused ongoing pain.
Ms Svendsen, who is asking for $ 157,234, also argues the man should have reduced the risk of injury at his Bloodwood Rd home.
‘‘The defendant left (the corrugated iron) exposed in an area that was a walkway, including a step- up, stepdown area,’’ the documents say.
‘‘He left the sharp edge of the corrugated iron sheet cladding exposed . . . and created a risk in doing so.
‘‘The risk was not insignificant and a reasonable person in the defendant’s position would have taken precautions against the risk.’’
Mr Keenan was overseas when Cyclone Yasi neared the Queensland coast in February 2011, and rang Ms Svendsen on February 2 to ask her to secure any loose items and make sure his property was ready for the weather event.
Days later, on February 5, Ms Svendsen returned to the Cow Bay address to check up on it when she slipped and injured her right hand.
‘‘The plaintiff suffered a laceration to her right hand and secondary carpal tunnel injury,’’ court tendered documents read.
The 53-year-old said she suffers persisting pain, partial numbness, decreased range of movement of her thumb, and suffers a ‘‘loss of enjoyment of life’’ since sustaining the injury.
She is suing Mr Keenan for $157,234, a figure that covers her past and future economic loss, general damages and loss of superannuation.
Cyclone Yasi crossed the coast between Innisfail and Cardwell on February 3.
Mr Keenan has not yet lodged any documents in response to the claim made against him.