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£300,000 Compensation for Back Injury Sustained on a Boat in Rough Waters

23 December 2015

inflatable boat

Slater and Gordon personal injury solicitor Matthew Claxson secured damages for a man injured whilst on a boat treasure hunt.

Settlement Value: £300,000

What Happened: Our client, then aged 50, went on a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) Treasure Hunt in the Solent.

The event was commissioned by the first defendant to celebrate a deal and was performed by the second defendant – a qualified skipper who held himself out as a specialist in the provision of RIB experiences.

Our client was on a 9.5m RIB during very rough sea conditions. As a result of the RIB hitting two waves in quick succession, our client sustained an acceleration of an existing back condition.

Impact: The back condition caused our client significant pain, requiring visits to a pain clinic for Multi-Disciplinary Treatment.

He had difficulty sitting, standing and walking any great distance, and used a walking stick and a wheeled frame. Since the accident, his employer has deemed him unfit for work.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: This was a challenging case against two defendants which involved many factual disputes requiring expert evidence to resolve.

We obtained evidence from our client’s colleagues who also attended the RIB experience and secured a weather, sea and tide condition report and a powerboat expert report from Paul Glatzel, who wrote the Royal Yachting Association manual.

We further secured medical evidence from a spinal surgeon, who had experience of water based injuries having previously served in the Navy.

Decision: The claim settled in favour of our client who was awarded £300,000 in compensation.

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