22 May 2009
Man wins rights to seek compensation for career-ending injury
A man who suffered an injury which prevented him pursuing his aim of becoming a professional footballer has won the right to seek a payout, according to reports in the Cornish Guardian.
Scott Barry Palmer, who is now 22, was 14 when the incident happened.
He was walking to meet friends on the playground of Tretherras School in Newquay on the south-west coast of England when a fellow student threw a stone which hit him in the eye.
Mr Palmer has suffered problems with his vision since the accident and has been unable to continue in his efforts to play football professionally.
Prior to the injury, he had been given a trial at Plymouth Argyle Football Club.
In a recent appeal court hearing, Lord Justice Waller said there were too few dinner ladies supervising the playground.
He stated: "To have one dinner lady supervisor who would be stretched to supervise over 150 pupils in years seven and eight, only glancing occasionally at years nine and ten, was, in my view, clearly negligent."