Judge overturns €31,385 award for worker who hurt eye on box.

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Judge overturns €31,385 award for worker who hurt eye on box. A High Court judge has overturned an award of €31,385 made in favour of a worker who bruised her eye when she accidentally brushed against a cardboard box. The claimant blamed work pressures as the ‘legal cause’ against her employer for injuring herself in the accident. However, Mr Justice Michael Twomey said that, had the accident happened at home, “it is likely that it would be regarded as an unfortunate accident arising from the claimants lack of attention to her task because she was rushing or otherwise pre-occupied. Indeed, in such a scenario, the claimant might have blamed herself for the accident.” He overturned a circuit court award of €19,000 for pain and suffering and €12,385 for out of pocket expenses/special damages.