£320,000 dam­ages af­ter fall from lad­der

Phillip Bar­ri­gan suf­fered a head in­jury while car­ry­ing out elec­tri­cal work

The Scarborough Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By mer­cury re­porter news­desk@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @thescar­boronews

An elec­tri­cian from Fi­ley who suf­fered a head in­jury when he fell 10ft from a lad­der due to “in­ad­e­quate equip­ment” has won £320,000 dam­ages.

A for­mer elec­tri­cian from Fi­ley who suf­fered a head in­jury and frac­tures to his left arm when he fell 10 feet from a lad­der has been awarded £320,000 in dam­ages. Phillip Bar­ri­gan, 58, was con­tracted by Scar­bor­ough-based main­te­nance firm EMCE to carry out elec­tri­cal main­te­nance work across sites in York­shire.

On one job in Seamer, the lad­der Phillip was work­ing on sud­denly lost grip and slipped from its po­si­tion, caus­ing him to fall 10 feet onto con­crete be­low.

He was im­me­di­ately taken to hos­pi­tal where he had surgery on a frac­tured arm and treat­ment for in­juries to his head, lip, thigh and hand. De­spite surgery, Phillip con­tin­ued to suf­fer pain in his arm, and ended up hav­ing a fur­ther three op­er­a­tions.

Com­pli­ca­tions from the surg­eries caused a se­ries of in­fec­tions, leav­ing him with per­ma­nent scar­ring and a dis­abil­ity.

Mr Bar­ri­gan also suf­fered psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma and has not been able to re­turn to work since the ac­ci­dent nearly four years ago.

“The pain I’ve suf­fered since my fall has been ag­o­nis­ing,” said Phillip. “I’ve had mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tions and phys­io­ther­apy to help me re­gain move­ment in my arm, but I know it will never be the same as be­fore the fall.”

He in­structed se­ri­ous in­jury spe­cial­ists, Thomp­sons Solic­i­tors, to in­ves­ti­gate a com­pen­sa­tion claim.

Thomp­sons se­cured £320,000 for Mr Bar­ri­gan, in­clud­ing wel­fare ben­e­fits and in­terim pay­ments for phys­io­ther­apy and psy­chother­apy.

He added: “My em­ployer kept chal­leng­ing my claim and said that the ac­ci­dent was my fault, but I knew it wasn’t. Hav­ing to deal with my in­juries – turn to page 30

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Phillip Bar­ri­gan

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