23 June 2008
Father left brain damaged after falling at work wins payout
A father-of-three from Yorkshire who has been left needing permanent care as a result of a workplace fall has been awarded compensation.
Stephen Deakes, a 48-year-old construction worker, now requires 24-hour care.
He suffered brain damage, chest injuries and a fractured pelvis, and now has problems dressing, swallowing, speaking and eating, the Thorne Gazette reports.
Mr Deakes plummeted 18 ft while he was installing plastic packing inside a cooling tower when the decking beneath him collapsed.
During a recent trial at Sheffield crown court, his employer, Thermal Energy Construction - which has more than 400 skilled operatives working for it - was ordered to pay Mr Deakes an undisclosed sum.
The amount is sufficient to ensure that his life-long care requirements will be met.
His wife, Amanda Deakes, said: "We are delighted with the settlement - and previous interim payments - which have removed any fears we may have about funding the care and therapy that Stephen will need."