A SCAFFOLDER who claimed to be a disabled recluse after a work fall was denied a payout as Facebook posts showed him playing football and intervening in a fight.
Leroy Baker, 51, sued for £150,000-plus, saying multiple fractures from the 30ft tumble left him isolated, in pain and struggling with mobility.
But Pellikaan Construction told central London county court that posts also showed him “astride a motorbike, swimming and snorkelling abroad”.
Judge Stephen Hellmann said Baker, of Erith, Kent, was genuinely injured in the 2013 plunge at Greenwich, South East London.
The ex-scaffolder suffered fractures to his back, ribs and pelvis and sustained other acute injuries.
But the judge rejected his entire claim as most was for the cost of future care, which was “fraudulently dishonest”.
Adam Taylor, representing Pellikaan Construction, called on the judge to throw out Mr Baker's claim for exaggerating the long-term effects of the accident.
However, lawyers representing admitted 25 per cent liability for the fall as Mr Baker might have avoided the accident if he had been in a safety harness.
Judge Hellman rejected his entire bid for damages as Mr Baker pursued the unsubstantiated 'future care' claim until shortly before the trial.
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