02 November 2007
Millions paid out to decorator after fall
A painter and decorator who suffered brain damage after falling through scaffolding has received a £5 million settlement.
Alan Miah, 45, from Luton, in Bedfordshire, fell 20ft in October 2003 when a plank he was walking on split in half, the High Court heard.
Mr Miah now requires round the clock care, is confined to a wheelchair and has suffered a personality change as a result of the brain damage he received because of the fall.
His employers, Thorne Barton Estates, together with Berkshire scaffolding firm Gemini Riteway, admitted liability in the court case.
In 2004, Thorne Barton Estates was ordered to pay £5,475 in fines and costs following the incident, while Gemini Riteway was fined £17,000, the BBC reports.
At the time, Karen Morris, HM inspector for health and safety, said that the accident was "terrible" but "avoidable".
The £5 million payment to Mr Miah, which includes a £2.4 million lump sum followed by annual payments of £105,000 for the rest of his life, will pay for adaptations to his home so that he will be able to leave the nursing home where he currently receives specialist care.