A boatyard worker, who sustained catastrophic brain injuries when a gantry collapsed beneath him, has been awarded compensation of 7.2 million pounds.
Kevin Cleightonmills (26) of Bembridge, Isle of Wight, was employed as a boat hand for Bembridge Marine Limited when the terrible accident occurred in September 2006. He was in the process of storing a boat for the evening, when the gantry on which he was standing collapsed, and Kevin was hit on the head by falling metal.
Initially given only a 5 per cent chance of surviving his catastrophic injuries, Kevin’s condition worsened when he developed post-traumatic hydrocephalus (“water on the brain”) and had to undergo extensive surgery. Fortunately he survived, but requires around-the-clock support and experiences problems with memory, concentration and fatigue.
Liability was uncontested, and announcing the compensation settlement at London’s High Court, Judge Gary Burrell QC said the award was in Kevin’s best interests and praised his family for their dedication.