District Court proceedings filed for family of Mitchell Sweeney
21 June 2013
Law firm Maurice Blackburn has launched legal proceedings on behalf of the family of Mitchell Sweeney, who died in 2010 whilst installing foil insulation in a home in North Queensland.
Maurice Blackburn Principal Rod Hodgson said the Sweeney family had filed proceedings for loss of income, medical costs and pain and suffering against Titan Insulations Pty Ltd.
"Mitchell's death was preventable and came as a very sudden shock to his family," Mr Hodgson said.
"Titan Insulations have not made any sort of reasonable attempt to resolve this matter with the Sweeney family, which given the circumstances is unacceptable.
"Mitchell's mother Wendy and his brothers Brendan and Justin have since been diagnosed with significant psychiatric injuries following his sudden death and they deserve some assistance from Titan Insulations to help them manage.
"The death of Mitchell Sweeney is currently subject to a Coronial inquest that commenced in March and will hand down in its own findings; however the fact remains that on the day Mitchell died he was under the care of Titan Insulations, who failed to provide him with a safe workplace resulting in a fatal incident.
"Nothing can ever bring Mitchell back, but Titan Insulations have a responsibility now to do the right thing in helping the Sweeney family to move on with their lives," he said.
Wendy Sweeney said her family were still struggling to come to terms with Mitchell's death.
"To have lost Mitchell in an incident like this was devastating, and it has been an incredibly difficult time for our family as we try to get answers and deal with what has happened," Mrs Sweeney said.