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Damages Awarded to Victim of Climbing Wall Injury

24 August 2015

person climbing a rock climbing wall

Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyers achieve successful award of damages for victim of climbing wall injury.

Slater and Gordon Lawyer: David Cass/ Simon Allen

What happened: Our client fell from an indoor climbing wall at a facility in Leeds, in 2010. The belayer, responsible for ensuring that our client did not fall more than a few feet whilst climbing the wall, failed in his role. As a result, our client fell 36 feet.

Impact: Our client badly injured his ankle and back. He was forced to take time off work and was left with long term symptoms and a degree of incapacity.

Decision: The claim was resisted and went to a trial in 2014. It was found that the operators of the climbing wall were not negligent. Our client’s claim against the belayer was successful, and it was found that there was no contributory negligence by our client. The damages paid were agreed by negotiation, and reflected the pain and suffering our client had endured, the expenses which had arisen because of the injuries, and the long term effects of his fall.

Related practice areas:

Public Liability

Occupier’s Liability

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