Flood victim who lost wife, son sues govt for hardships
UPDATE: Lockyer Valley man Danny McGuire is suing the State Government for $485,000 for hardships suffered in the wake of losing his wife and two children in the Grantham flood of January 10, 2011.
The Rural Fire Brigade volunteer had his family with him in his truck when it was struck by a wall of water in Grantham.
He had already rescued between 35 and 40 people but could not save his wife Llync-Chiann Clarke-Jibson, 12-year-old son Garry and five-year-old daughter Jocelyn from the torrent.
Only he and son Zachary, now 10, survived by clinging to a tree.
Mr McGuire yesterday said he was "going backwards".
He is renting a house in Grantham while a two-year legal battle over his condemned home continues.
Treatment for his post traumatic stress doesn't seem to be succeeding.
"Instead of getting better it is getting worse," Mr McGuire said.
He is still a member of the Rural Fire Brigade, but is not active in the organisation.
A Statement of Claim lodged in the District Court of Queensland by Colin Patino Lawyers detailed reasoning against the State Government and a break-down of the damages sought.
The statement made a series of claims, including the government had failed to take any or any adequate precautions for Mr McGuire's safety while he was engaged in carrying out his assigned work.
It also claimed the government had exposed Mr McGuire to a risk of damage of which it knew or ought to have known.
A breakdown of the amount sought included more than $284,000 for future economic loss, more than $110,000 for economic loss since the event and $10,000 for future medical bills.
EARLIER: Lockyer Valley man Danny McGuire is suing the State Government for $485,000 for hardships suffered in the wake of losing his wife and two children in the Grantham flood of January 10, 2011.
A Statement of Claim lodged in the District Court of Queensland details Rural Fire Brigade member's efforts in rescuing between 35 and 40 people on the day of the flood.
It was while he was performing these duties that his vehicle, in which his wife and three children were travelling, was struck by a wall of water.
Only Mr McGuire and his son Zachary, 10, survived.
The total claim is broken down into compensation for issues including personal injury, economic loss, travel expenses and future medical expenses.
His claim was filed by Colin Patino Lawyers.