Holiday park worker who almost died in horror fall down stairs gets £900k payout

A former holiday park worker who almost died after falling down a flight of stairs has been handed a £900,000 payout.

Danny Gallagher suffered a life-threatening brain injury after tumbling down steps and onto concrete at Crake Valley holiday park in the Lake District.

The 61-year-old ex-councillor had to undergo emergency surgery to remove part of his skull and was in a coma for days after the horror fall in 2016.

His daughters described the ordeal as "extremely difficult and stressful".

Five years later, Mr Gallagher is unable to live independently and requires round-the-clock care.

Mr Gallagher has also suffered long-term health effects, including trouble speaking and walking.

But he has now secured £900,000. out-of-court settlement.

The resort said the case had been settled out of court without liability.

It added that the steps had been checked and no fault was found.

He is dependent on care staff at a Sue Ryder centre in Fulwood, Cumbria, while also being supported by daughters Daniella and Gemma.

The doting pair read their dad magazines, cut his nails, trim his beard and spend hours visiting him to keep his spirits up.

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Mr Gallagher is expected to suffer long-term problems with walking, coordination and speech for the rest of his life.

The dad-of-two is still undergoing therapies, including physiotherapy, and has a long-term goal of being able to walk again, although it is unclear whether that will be possible.

His claim was backed by Burnetts law firm, which brought in specialist accident investigators, engineers and experts to determine the cause of the accident.

The case has now been settled, following court approval, for £900,000 – which the insurers for the holiday park have agreed to pay under the control of the Court of Protection.

Senior associate Paul Brown said: "This was a case which was fiercely contested throughout and I am delighted for Mr Gallagher and his family that we have brought it to a successful conclusion.

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"No stone was unturned during this investigative process and we were able to secure the terms of this settlement as a direct result of the evidence we obtained.

"The award of damages will allow Mr Gallagher to be financially secure for the rest of his life and purchase a suitable bungalow whilst accessing the ongoing treatment and support he needs."

Mr Gallagher served as a Lib Dem councillor with Preston Council until 2012 when he stepped down to start a new life in Cumbria.

Speaking in 2016, Daniella said: "What my family and I want to acknowledge is the amount of good work my dad has done and how much he loved the community of Preston.

"He worked for the Alzheimer's Society, he worked for Recycling Lives, he did so much good work in Preston and so many people wished us well, and it is really appreciated.

"We are together and we are united as a family. It is a terrible, terrible situation for his young family, as well as for me and (my sister) Gemma."

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