I lost part of my skull after falling during a pub golf drinking game organised by my boss – now I’m suing for £200k

A MAN has launched a £200,000 legal claim against his employers after he lost half of his skull following a work night out.

Michael Brockie, 28, claims he was pressured into downing pints as fast as possible on the annual booze up organised by bosses at auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Michael Brockie, 28, is suing PwC for £200,000 after being left in a coma after a work night out in 2019


Michael Brockie, 28, is suing PwC for £200,000 after being left in a coma after a work night out in 2019

The auditor, dubbed a 'walking miracle', part of his skull removed by doctors


The auditor, dubbed a ‘walking miracle’, part of his skull removed by doctors

The former senior associate was left in a coma when he took a tumble after the alcohol-fuelled bash in Reading in early 2019.

He claimed he and his colleagues were told to down beers in as few mouthfuls as possible before being ranked by their superiors as part of a “pub golf” game.

Their scores were recorded on cards before being distributed in the office, according to Michael’s High Court claim.

The employees visited nine bars and pubs in the town – referred to as “holes” – after allegedly being badgered to attend by department manager Simon Fradgley.

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Court documents claim he told staff only a “certified and countersigned letter by an accredited medical practitioner” would allow them to swerve the knees up.

Michael became so intoxicated that he has no memory of the rest of the outing past 10pm – before he was found lying in the street with a serious head injury after falling over.

He told ITV last year: “Doctors and the police came to the conclusion that I fell over and didn’t use my hands to break the fall so I ended up hitting my head on the floor.

“The next thing I remember was four weeks later.”

The 28-year-old had to have part of his skull removed by doctors and spent six months recovering from his horror accident.

Doctors dubbed him a “walking miracle”, although it is claimed he still suffers from “persistent cognitive symptoms”.

Michael returned to work part-time in October 2019, while PwC cancelled their annual event that had ran for around seven years.

According to his LinkedIn page, the auditor was promoted to a managerial role at the Reading office in January this year.

In his claim to the High Court, Michael’s solicitors say PwC should be held liable for the negligence of Simon Fradgley.

They accuse him of “failing to take reasonable care for the safety of co-workers” and pressuring people into attending the event.

Company chiefs allegedly “encouraged excessive consumption of alcohol”, with Michael claiming the same occurred at a similar event the year before.

He is now suing PwC, where he is still employed, for more than £200,000 and is requesting that additional future payments be made available.

Court documents claim there is a risk that the 28-year-old could develop epilepsy in the long-term as a result of his extensive injuries.

PwC said: “We are unable to comment on the specifics of a matter that is subject to ongoing legal proceedings.

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“As a responsible employer we are committed to providing a safe, healthy and inclusive culture for all of our people. 

“We also expect anyone attending social events to be responsible and to ensure their own safety and that of others.”

The 28-year-old's legal claim demands the firm be liable for the negligence of boss Simon Fradgley


The 28-year-old’s legal claim demands the firm be liable for the negligence of boss Simon Fradgley