Garda Awarded Compensation for Training Injury

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A Garda officer has been awarded €22,600 in the Circuit Court after he suffered a shoulder injury during baton training at the Mount Pleasant Tennis Club in Dublin on October 2008.

Mr Justice Matthew Deery heard that Detective Garda Darragh O´Toole (41) was taking part in a staged fight scenario when the injury occurred. He was pinned back against a wall by an instructor and dislocated his shoulder. As a result of the injury Mr.O’Toole was unable to work for 14 weeks.

As a result of legal advice Detective Garda O´Toole sought a claim for compensation against the instructor and the Minister for Justice as the injury led to long-term pain and also meant he was unable to play football for his GAA Club in Dublin.

The judge rejected evidence from the defence as it was a direct contradiction of the medical evidence and found in favour of the claimant.

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