Teen sues private school for $ 750,000 after slipping on wet oval – claims his injuries robbed him of a dream career
- Gold Coast teenager filed a $ 750,000 suit against the former school, St Michael’s College
- Thomas John Harding destroyed his ankle after stumbling on a school oval in 2015
- Harding claims the severe breakup prevented him from becoming an Air Force pilot
- It took four surgeries and at least six screws to repair Hardings ankle
A Gold Coast teenager will sue his former school for $ 750,000 after an injury he sustained on campus grounds robbed him of his dream job, a court heard.
Thomas John Harding, 18, broke his ankle when he stumbled while playing on the flooded oval at St Michael’s College, in Merrimac, on July 23, 2015.
He filed suit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane in the Southport District Court, alleging that the injury prevented him from becoming a pilot of the Australian Air Force.
Doctors performed four surgeries and used at least six screws to rebuild the teen’s ankle, which he said still causes him pain and discomfort.
Gold Coast teenager Thomas John Harding, 18, sues his former school, St Michael’s College, in Merrimac, for $ 750,000 after tripping and breaking his ankle (pictured) on the campus oval in 2015
Harding also tried to become a mechanic but had to give up because of the ankle fracture, The Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
It was further claimed that more than 26mm of rain had fallen in the two days before Harding’s accident, prompting the cancellation of the oval so-soaked sport between schools.
His lawyer, Amanda Gilmour, argued that it was the school’s responsibility to ensure that her client was not on the oval that day due to the dangerous conditions.
“Now we have a situation where an 18-year-old boy will not be able to participate in high levels of physical activity for the rest of his life,” she said.
“His job opportunities are limited and he is forced to deal with pain every day.”
Ms. Gilmour said that before the injury, Harding had been selected for special courses at the Amberley RAAF base as part of his path to becoming an Air Force pilot.
The former Gold Coast student now works in IT but said his ankle fracture prevents him from performing all the tasks assigned to him.
Ms. Gilmour said the severe damage to her client’s ankle would affect him for the rest of his life.
The case will continue in Southport District Court later this month.
Court documents allege sport between schools was canceled on the day of Harding’s accident due to torrential rain and attorney, Amanda Gilmour, argued that it was St Michael’s College’s (photo) responsibility to ensure that her client did not the field was