Crane Crash Victim's Plea; Lawyers Urge Firms to Agree Compensation
Byline: LUKE TRAYNOR
A LAWYER representing a Mersey dad who was paralysed for life after a building site crane collapsed today called for a swift resolution to his client''s compensation claim.
Two firms - Bowmer and Kirkland and Bingham Davis Ltd - were convicted of serious health and safety breaches after the 200-ft high tower crane toppled over on the Kings Dock Mill site by Liverpool's waterfront.
Buoyed by those criminal convictions, Whiston dad Iain Gillham can now pursue a claim for damages after being left unable to move from the waist down as a result of the July, 2009, incident.
Today, the 55-year-old's solicitor said they were formulating medical evidence to support his claim.
Mr Gillham was left wheelchairbound by the crash that saw him thrown from the crane cab.
And the dad-of-four is facing a lengthy civil court case if a suitable payout, which could run into millions of pounds, cannot be agreed. Lawyers for the crane driver, who has since moved into a Woolton bungalow, are still waiting for a formal admission of liability for the accident caused by "catastrophic" miscalculations of the crane's base foundations by principal contractor Bowmer and Kirkland.
Adrian Denson, of Fletcher's Solicitors, in Southport, told the ECHO: "It's impossible to deny this claim for my client, given the criminal verdicts delivered last week. …