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School Negligence – Student Wins $100,000 Damages for Eye Injury

Our client was a high school student attending a supervised excursion organised by the school. The activity involved some elements of gardening and the student was directed to dig up a Yucca plant. However in attempting to undertake this activity, a spiky tip of the leaf struck the student in the left eye and as a result he suffered an injury which caused partial visual impairment.

The student was initially seen by his local doctor, however following an admission to hospital he was then transferred urgently to a Sydney Hospital to undergo an operation. Whilst the injury stabilised, the injuries has left him with ongoing headaches and reduced distance and reading vision in the left eye and the need to use glasses for reading.

Our firm sued the school on his behalf seeking not only damages for the injury and medical expenses but also for the effect on his studies and loss of future career prospects of being a pilot. The eye injury had essentially ruined his prospects of being a pilot as he would not have satisfied medical criteria to become a pilot.

Our client has had to re-assess his employment priorities for the future as he no longer could pursue his dream of becoming a pilot.

We had engaged an expert eye specialist to comment on our clients injury and the effect it has had on him not only in regards to the effect on his day to day activities, but also on how it has effected his possibility of becoming a pilot. This report was paid for by our firm.

Our experienced barrister assisted greatly in the research regarding the requirements and criteria which needed to be satisfied to become a pilot. Again, legal assistance provided without any cost incurred by the client during the running of the public liabiity case.

The matter was listed for hearing in the District Court and after battling with the school’s representatives, ultimately settled just before the Court case started for a substantial amount of money. This has now given our client a good start for his future.

Our client was extremely happy with the result and I understand that he is thinking about becoming a lawyer himself. We wish him all the best in his future and are very pleased to have assisted him.

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