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 in 2015. Valeant denied negligence and claimed that Reid had exaggerated her injuries. However, the High Court found the defendant liable for the accident. The judge ruled that Valeant should have taken steps to reduce the risk of safety stopper failure on the trolley. Reid, who worked as an automonomer operator at the factory, stated that her injuries affected her independence and mental health. She was awarded €225,000 in general damages and €50,703 for medical bills, totaling €275,703.

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