11 December 2012
Ex-firefighter awarded damages after holiday accident
Multiple injuries sustained during an accident on holiday have resulted in a former firefighter being awarded compensation.
Leigh Redman suffered fractures to his back, ribs and collarbone when the tent he was sharing with his wife at a holiday park in the Devon resort of Budleigh Salterton was flattened by a runaway car in August 2008.
The 44-year-old had to retire from his role as a retained member of the fire service - which he had carried out for 20 years - after undergoing surgery on his damaged spine.
Mr Redman also required extensive counselling and physiotherapy in the aftermath of the accident and although he is able to continue in his position as a contract manager, said he did not want to give up his role as a firefighter.
Following the incident, the man decided to sue the owner of the car that injured him and, to a less severe degree, his wife and it has now emerged that an out-of-court settlement has been reached.
Speaking after agreeing his compensation, Mr Redman - who still has to take painkillers on a daily basis - described the incident was like a "walking nightmare".
"We are just fortunate that we both didn't suffer more serious injures and that our daughter wasn't in the tent with us," he added.
The claimant went on to admit it has taken him a long time to come to terms with the extent of his injuries.
"I realise now that I'm never going to be 100 per cent and it is disappointing that I had to give up my duties with the fire service," he added.
Meanwhile, Paul Woolstenholmes, national legal officer for the Fire Brigades' Union, noted the "horrific accident" has caused the fire service to lose a "loyal and hard-working" professional.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas