Court awards $9m to employee

KINGSTON – Kingston Container Terminal Services Limited has been ordered by the Supreme Court to pay $9 million in damages to its employee, Ryan Henry, who suffered injuries while he was at work on March 10, 2007. Henry, who was a stevedore, fell from a crane, which was on a ship and suffered severe spinal whiplash injury. He now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the injuries. In his claim, Henry contended that the crane was faulty. The defendant did not deny liability and the matter was set down on March 3, 2013 for assessment of damages. Doctors who had treated Henry testified at the hearing.

After hearing evidence, acting Supreme Court Judge Lorna Shelly-Williams awarded Henry $5 million with interest for general damages. Henry, who was represented by attorneys Nigel Jones and Jason Jones, was also awarded $1.1 million for posttraumatic stress disorder. He was awarded $2 million for handicap on the labour market, as he can no longer work as a stevedore. Additionally, Henry was awarded special damages of $3.7 million, which includes $3.5 million for loss of income. The judge also awarded him $300,000 for legal costs The defendant was represented by attorney-at-law Brian Moodie, instructed by the law firm Samuda and Johnson. (The Gleaner).

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