A CENTRAL Queensland miner is suing the State of Queensland for $1.2 million after he hurt his back in a traffic accident caused by a damaged cattle grid.
Petar Victor Borkovic, 40, lodged a claim in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton on June 30.
The claim states that in April, 2012 Mr Borkovic was travelling on the Carnarvon Hwy from Ensham Mine near Emerald to Lightening Ridge in New South Wales.
About 2am Mr Borkovic approached the cattle grid between Injune and Rolleston, slowing to 70-80kmh.
He noticed what he thought was tree litter on the grid, but as he got closer he realised it was a length of steel protruding from the grid.
Mr Borkovic swerved to pass over the steel safely, but as he did so his car's front wheel hit, at speed, a hole in the grid.
This caused the vehicle to bounce violently.
After impact, Mr Borkovic pulled over and inspected his vehicle and the hole in the grid.
He then drove himself to Roma Hospital.
As a result of the accident, Mr Borkovic suffered a lower back injury and a major depressive disorder.
It is claimed that the accident and injury were caused by the State of Queensland's breach of duty to properly inspect, maintain and repair the highway and grid.
The claim states that the defendant was aware the grid was installed in the 1960s, exceeding the recommended maximum life of 20 years, and was in a hazardous condition.
Mr Borkovic claims $1,279,048 in damages for past and future economic loss, as well as gratuitous care and assistance.
The Morning Bulletin contacted both parties but had no response.