A woman has been awarded €275,703 after suffering an injury to her shoulder and neck due to a metal container falling from a defective roller trolley at a contact lens factory. Margaret Reid, a 62-year-old mother of four from Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny, sued Valeant Pharmaceuticals Ireland over the incident that occurred at its Bausch and Lomb factory in Waterford on May 30th, 2015. Valeant denied negligence and claimed that she had exaggerated her injuries. However, the High Court ruled in favor of Ms. Reid, stating that the defendant was liable for the accident. The court found that Valeant should have taken steps to reduce the risk of safety stopper failure on the trolley. Ms. Reid’s injuries impacted her independence and mental health, requiring her to rely on others for transportation. She also developed a musculoskeletal injury and neuropathic pain, which required surgery. Despite some discrepancies in her perception of her injuries, the judge acknowledged that she was an honest witness who genuinely believed in the extent of her limitations. The court awarded Ms. Reid €225,000 in general damages and €50,703 for medical bills, totaling €275,703.

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