Personal Injury Claim Case Study
A pilot who suffered ligament damage when he fell after stepping in a pothole has won his claim for compensation.
The pilot was walking towards an aircraft hangar when the accident happened. He felt his right foot twist and he fell. He then realised that he had stepped into a pothole in the concrete.
His suffered ligament damage to his right ankle and was prescribed with painkillers and anti-inflammatories. For five weeks after the accident, he was unable to drive, work or take part in his usual leisure activities of cycling or attending the gym.
For three months after the accident, he was unable to walk for longer than 30 minutes without his ankle stiffening up.
He continued to suffer from a lack of confidence in the stability of the ankle. He also experienced a clicking sensation and occasional stiffness.
He made a personal injury claim against the airport company alleging that it was negligent in failing to warn about, identify or repair the pothole and was therefore in breach of the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
The airport disputed liability but agreed to an out-of-court settlement of £6,000 to compensate the pilot for his pain and suffering.
Details of the Personal Injury Claim
W v NEWQUAY CORNWALL AIRPORT (2013)
Trial/settlement date: 10/9/2013
Type of Award: Out of Court Settlement
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