Lawyer in­jured by wa­ter polo goal post at na­tional pool gets €13,000 com­pen­sa­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Helena Grech

A lawyer who in­jured his heel and Achilles ten­don on a sharp metal ob­ject at­tached to a wa­ter­polo goal post at the na­tional pool of Malta has re­ceived com­pen­sa­tion of roughly €13,000.

Fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, Dr Si­mon Cachia, who was 30 at the time, ended up with a one per cent dis­abil­ity which pre­vented him from go­ing to work for five weeks. The metal ob­ject at­tached to the goal post was un­der­wa­ter and in­vis­i­ble to those swim­ming.

The court heard that the in­jury still both­ers him from time to time, with feel­ings of tin­gling and some­times pain, lead­ing court ex­perts to con­clude that he has a per­ma­nent dis­abil­ity of one per cent. Sports Malta main­tained that it has no con­trol over the main­te­nance and up­keep of the fa­cil­i­ties at the na­tional pool, such as the goal post.

Judge Sil­vio Meli con­cluded that Sports Malta had in­deed been re­spon­si­ble for the ac­ci­dent. He said that the way in which the metal ob­ject was at­tached to the goal post was dan­ger­ous and should not have been placed there in that way. He added that Sports Malta has an obli­ga­tion to keep peo­ple’s safety in mind and avoid sit­u­a­tions which might pose a dan­ger to peo­ple mak­ing use of the na­tional pool.

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