In­juries pay­out over bal­cony col­lapse

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

HAL­LOWEEN par­ty­go­ers haunted by a hor­ror home build will have their in­juries cov­ered by in­sur­ance.

Nine­teen peo­ple were hos­pi­talised with bro­ken bones, cuts and bruises af­ter a bal­cony col­lapsed at a Bal­la­jura home, north of Perth, in Oc­to­ber 2009.

Pre­vi­ous owner Clau­dio Verini ad­mit­ted to fail­ing in his duty of care when he in­structed a car­pen­ter to build it dif­fer­ently to the ap­proved plans, giv­ing it in­ad­e­quate sup­port.

The West Aus­tralian Supreme Court or­dered Mr Verini to pay dam­ages to 14 vic­tims.

The in­surer was or­dered to com­pen­sate Mr Verini for the dam­ages he’ll have to pay the vic­tims.

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