Injured on public beach
A woman has received £5,500 compensation after she was injured in a public place.
In September 2006, Angela was on the steps leading from the public beach of Goodrington Sands, Paignton, Devon. As she reached the top of the steps, suddenly she was struck by a power kite which wrapped around her neck knocking her sideways over a small wall from the steps and onto the sand.
Angela suffered a cut to the left side of her neck and a left shoulder injury. Pre-existing problems with her shoulder were also worsened and she was in pain for 3 months after the accident.
A claim was made against the owner of the power kite for failing to ensure that it was kept away from members of the public and that the owner of the kite failed to adequately control the said power kite whilst flying this on the beach.
Liability was initially denied. The owner of the kite alleged that the kite fell down to the ground, striking Angela. However, Irwin Mitchell established that the type of power kite that caused the accident do not simply fall out of the sky when the wind stops blowing.
The claim was settled after liability was eventually admitted on behalf of the kite owner by Katrina Elsey of Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Accident in Public Places team.
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