Injury Compensation for Devon Cricketer

We have recently concluded the claim of a local Devon man who suffered serious injuries while playing cricket. He initially consulted London solicitors, switching to Slee Blackwell when they failed to make any progress with the claim.

The Claimant was fielding in a cricket match. he went to catch a high ball and landed on his knees in close proximity of the wicket and crease. Obscured by the grass was a large, rusty rectangular metal plate built into the pitch to cover a stopcock. The edge of the metal plate was sharp and as the claimant slid along the pitch, his knee hit the edge of the plate causing a deep laceration across the front of his knee.

The Claimant originally instructed a London based firm of solicitors but soon transferred to Slee Blackwell when those lawyers were unable to secure an admission of liability. He chose Slee Blackwell on the basis of a recommendation from another satisfied client who was also from Devon.

We argued that under the Occupier’s Liability Act, the Defendant had a duty to ensure the pitch was reasonably safe for the people using it. Bearing in mind the use of the pitch for cricket, it was likely that players would be moving at speed and the pitch needed to be free from hazards which could either cause a player to trip, or had sharp edges that could cut a player falling onto it. The presence of the metal plate with a sharp edge clearly breached this principle in our view.

As a result of the submissions we put forward the defendants eventually backed down. They were forced to accept fault on their part for the accident and agreed to compensate the cricketer.

The Claimant was examined by local orthopaedic and plastic surgeons who concluded that he was likely to suffer permanent scarring. The claimant also experienced difficulty kneeling and the area of scarring remained sensitive. The Defendants agreed the client should be compensated for the scarring and on-going symptoms and a settlement package was negotiated to the claimant’s satisfaction without the need for court proceedings to be commenced.

If you have suffered a sporting injury and are looking for experienced, specialist personal injury solicitors in Devon and Somerset then give us a call on freephone 0808 1391590 or email lee.dawkins@sleeblackwell.co.uk

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