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