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Man hit on head in gym wins €14k payout

May 14th, 2012

AN UNEMPLOYED man who was hit on the head by a barbell while exercising in a gym has been awarded €14,665 in damages.

Barrister Paul Gallagher told the Circuit Civil Court that on the December 29, 2010, Andrew Brehony (39) was using a weight machine at Club Vitae, Cardiff Lane, Sir Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin, when the accident happened.

Mr Brehony (below) had been changing the weight bar to a different level when a v-shaped bar fell from a bench press machine on to his head.

“I couldn’t move my arms for a couple of seconds. I thought someone had hit me,” he said.

Brehony, of Pearse Square, Dublin, told the court he went to the gym reception to inform them about the incident and declined an offer to call an ambulance. He later developed headaches and neck pain and went to the hospital.

He suffered a soft tissue injury to his head and neck and was prescribed painkillers. He said the headaches and the neck pain had not resolved yet and required to be treated.

The gym did not deny the accident had occurred, but it asked the court to take into account that Mr Brehony had a history of headaches before the accident.

Judge Deery awarded Brehony €14,665 damages along with costs.

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- Saurya Cherfi

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