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Football client receives compensation after injury on indoor pitch

A footballer who was injured on an indoor pitch has concluded his claim for compensation

24 September 2012

The specialist personal injury team at Leigh Day & Co have successfully concluded a claim on behalf of our client ‘Jason’ whilst he played football on an indoor football pitch.

Jason was playing a football on a wooden pitch at a leisure centre owned and operated by Nuffield Health.  As Jason was playing he fell and caught his knee on a trap door area. The latch of the trap door was missing leaving an exposed jagged piece of metal.  Jason caught his right leg on the jagged edge of the missing latch.    As a result he sustained a serious injury to his knee which required surgery to close the wound. 

Jason was due to emigrate to South Africa shortly after the accident occurred but given his injury he incurred additional costs of flights and removal costs.   Jason was also unable to start work as a consultant on an IT project which he was due to commence on his arrival to South Africa. Jason was unable to work for a period of 4 months following the injury. 

We instructed a consultant orthopaedic surgeon to provide a medical report and prepared a schedule of Jason’s losses which were presented to the Defendant.  The claim was settled in the sum of £28,000.

Zahra Nanji who represented Jason stated “As a lawful paying visitor to a premises Jason was right to expect to be kept reasonably safe.  This particular hazard would have been an obvious danger to the owners and occupiers of the and could easily have been rectified with minimal cost”

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Zahra Nanji