THE FAMILY of a man who almost died from horrific injuries sustained during an apparent assault have been left dismayed after government officials ruled out compensation on grounds that he had previously fallen in his home.
The family of Martin McGranaghan said they were left shocked and angered by the Department for Justice rulings on the life-threatening wounds he sustained on September 20th, 2013.
Mr McGranaghan was also turned down for compensation for an earlier seemingly random attack, six weeks before the episode that left him in intensive care. Both attacks occurred in his home in the Bracken Park area of Galliagh.
Mr McGranaghan’s daughter Aisling Dobbins said the family were now considering appealing the decisions by government officials.
The 52-year-old suffered a fractured skull, a shattered eye socket, swelling on the brain and was covered in bruises as a result of the second attack.
He is now blind in one eye and has only tunnel vision in the other. He also has problems with disorientation and other long-term side effects, and attends a local Brain Injury clinic.
However in a letter from the Department of Justice dated May 6th, a departmental official said that he is “not satisfied that, on balance, your injuries were sustained as a direct result of a crime of violence,” citing the Derry man’s lack of recall and his having told police he had fallen a number of times before.