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Tipperary Man Awarded €365,000 After Sustaining Serious Back Injuries.

The High Court has awarded €365,000 in damages to a Co. Tipperary man, latter unable to work after injuring his back in a 2017 workplace accident.

The award was made by Mr Justice Tony O’Connor in favour of Mr Patrick Ryan, with an address at Ormonde Crescent, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.
Mr Ryan had sued his previous employer, Queally Pig Slaughtering Limited, at the companies meat processing facility located near Waterford City; following injuries he sustained on April 13th 2017, while lifting a bag containing pork.

The claims had been denied.

Mr Ryan claimed he was no longer able to undertake manual work, and claimed that future surgery would not help him. Physiotherapy had not given him any relief, and he had less than an optimal response to injections and other medications provided.

In his judgement, Mr Justice O’Connor said he was satisfied that Mr Ryan was left unable to work due to the pain he was suffering following the accident. Mr Ryan claimed he was unable to go fishing anymore, or attend local sporting events because of the continuous pain; while any long periods of time spent driving, left him experiencing great difficulties.

Mr Justice O’Connor further stated that Mr Ryan’s injuries had resulted in a drastic deterioration of the previously active life, that he had once enjoyed, prior to his accident.

The judge said that that he was satisfied that Ryan, who was “a good manual worker” wished to return to work, despite his significant pain and had attempted to return to work undertaking light duties, some months after the accident. However, his pain and discomfort got worse, and he ceased working for Queally Pig Slaughtering Limited in April of 2018.

Mr Justice O’Connor said Mr Ryan was entitled to damages, including past loss of earnings, future loss of earnings, and general damages same totalling €365,500.

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