Six-figure payout after struck by trolley at work

AN ADMISSIONS clerk at the Maryborough Correctional Centre has received a six figure payout from the Queensland Government after being hit with a trolley while at work.

Rosemaree Fay Harris, 38, was awarded $311,708 in damages in the Maroochydore District Court over the incident at the correctional facility on October 30, 2009.

The court heard Ms Harris was walking down a corridor at the facility when she was struck from behind by a trolley that was being used by another employee.

As a result she suffered ruptured ligaments in her left ankle.

Ms Harris underwent surgery to repair the damage on April 14, 2010.

The court heard the surgery was considered to be successful resulting in relatively minor residual impairment and not such as would have prevented a return to work.

However, Ms Harris claimed she had, and continues to have, pain in her left lower limb to such an extent that she has not been able to return to work.

Ms Harris claimed the pain and inability to return to work resulted in her slipping into depression the following year.

During a two-day hearing in June last year, Ms Harris said the pain in her ankle initially affected her sleep and she required the assistance of a walking stick.

The single mother described the pain as being always there, although she said it varied with what she doing, but being present when generally walking around the house and being involved in normal everyday household duties.

Ms Harris told the court the pain was worse in the afternoons.

Judge Gary Long said there was enough evidence provided to the court to establish Ms Harris had suffered as a result of the injury, despite evidence showing family commitments had hampered her completing a two-week pain management course on several occasions.

"The evidence supports a conclusion that she has, to date, suffered from a painful condition which has to a significant extent interfered with her enjoyment of life," he said.

Ms Harris was awarded $311, 708.91 in total which took into account general damages as well as past and future economic losses.

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