An AN ESB worker who was attacked by a large stag and thrown into the air while working on a mast has sued the Supreme Court.
John Corcoran was an ESB engineering officer and was on his way to inspect the masts when the stag attacked him on a forest road in Mount Kilduff outside Templemore, Co Tipperary.
The attack took place in September 2016 during the traditional rut season, the time of year deer mate.
Mr Corcoran told Justice Paul Coffey: “It was a really lovely summer day when a herd of deer crossed the road in front of me.
“I was told it wouldn’t be a lovely picture and then I was scared. My hair stood on end.
“I looked behind me and there was a deer fifteen feet away from me.”
He said he started running but the stag attacked him with force, his antlers creating eight puncture wounds on Mr Corcoran’s backpack and wounding him in the shoulder.
The 63-year-old said: ‘He pushed me through the air at high speed through a bank and into the bushes. I lost my helmet and glasses. “
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The stag continued to attack with its legs and antlers, but Mr Corcoran said he grabbed a stick and tried to stab the stag a few times in the nostrils, but the stag jumped up on his hind legs and stabbed straight. into him.
Mr Corcoran said he was unconscious for about ten to twelve minutes but then managed to reach his phone and call for help.
At the opening of the case against the ESB, Mr. Corcoran’s attorney Edward Walsh SC, led by attorney Sean Fitzgerald, told the court that Mr Corcoran had a lifelong deficit and that “his middle and golden years were dwindling. ”
The lawyer said the crash had ruined Mr Corcoran’s career and claimed his loss of income amounted to a total of €420,000.
‘MY OWN DRAW’
Counsel said: “He was a shell of himself. He has completely changed. “
Mr. Corcoran returned to work in February 2017 but retired as a medical consultant in November 2017 after 38 years with the ESB.
Mr Corcoran, 63, Fawnlough, Nenagh, Co Tipperary sued ESB Networks Designated Operations Company with registered address at Clanwilliam House, Clanwilliam Place, Dublin and Power Supply Board with registered address at East Wall , Dublin on the September 12, 2016 attacks.
Mr. Justice Coffey was told that liability was admitted in the case but before the case court only for the assessment of damages.
The case before Mr Justice Paul Coffey will continue tomorrow.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8189857/esb-worker-attacked-thrown-stag-sues-high-court/ ESB engineer sues for more than 420,000 euros after he was thrown into the air during a brutal attack on a mountain