Kerri-Anne Kennerley has spoken out following the commencement of legal proceedings against the golf club where her late husband John sustained significant injuries from a fall, which left him unable to walk and ultimately led to his death.
Lawyers for John, who tragically passed away in February this year after being confined to a wheelchair for the past three years, are seeking unspecified damages, interest and costs against the Bonville International Golf Club in New South Wales, The Daily Telegraph reports.
The case was initially filed to the Supreme Court in September last year and on Monday was listed for a hearing with the case now adjourned until next month. According to The Daily Telegraph the statement of claim says the couple were posing for photographs on a veranda when John fell to the ground and fractured his C3 and C4 vertebrae, leaving him paralysed from the neck down.
It’s reported that John only fell 57cm to the ground when his left foot stepped off the edge of the verandah after he arose from his chair to pose alongside Studio 10 star Kerri-Anne.
However, the publication reports owners of the establishment Iron Hill Management have argued it wasn’t their fault, claiming John’s injuries were caused by his “own negligence”. The company claimed he wasn’t concentrating at the time and tripped on a “prize”.
Kerri-Anne has spoken out about the court case in an exclusive chat with The Daily Telegraph in which she slammed the insurance company for “dragging” out the proceedings.
“Whatever the circumstances are, for an accident for any insurance company to drag something out for almost three-and-a-half years is despicable,” she told the publication.
John was placed into an induced coma after the shock accident back in 2016 and taken to Sydney where he underwent emergency surgery on his spine, but the incident left him paralysed and he had to learn how to speak again.
Kerri-Anne cared for him in the years that followed, all the way up until his sudden death in February.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph in a seperate interview earlier this month, the Studio 10 host revealed revealed the heartbreaking question that John asked her using printed letters of the alphabet after he fell from the veranda.
“Because he couldn’t speak, I printed out the alphabet and vowels so that’s how we would communicate,” she explained. “The first thing John asked me was: ‘Am I a paraplegic?’
“It was gut-wrenching. I couldn’t say to him at the time: ‘You’re not that lucky’.”