Facts: Personal injuries caused by falling into Telstra manhole
PA, the Plaintiff, was walking along the footpath in Cronulla when he stepped on a plastic cover over a pit which collapsed.
The maintenance work was being carried out by Telstra. At the time of the incident, the pit was left temporarily unattended. No employees were present at the site, and there were no signs or warnings making reference to the hazard, or protective fencing on barricades surrounding it. PA suffered physical injuries including a laceration and bruising to his hand and shin, as well as bruising and pain in his lower back.
Outcome: loss and damages, settlement, claim of compensation
O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors successfully acted for PA in a claim for compensation against Telstra Corporation Ltd. for personal injuries, loss and damages.
Telstra denied all liability but wished to avoid the expense and inconvenience of litigation. PA accepted a reasonable offer from Telstra in settlement of the matter.