Irwin Mitchell’s specialised personal injury team has helped a woman claim compensation after she was injured during a charity sky dive.
The woman, who is deaf, decided to take part in a sponsored parachute jump and as a result attended a 30 minute training session. During training she was instructed to raise and hold her legs prior to landing. She was also informed she would be given a signal at the time it would be necessary for her to lift her legs. This signal was a tap on the back of the legs by the Instructor, the woman would then have to lift her legs so the Instructor could take the weight upon impact.
On the day in question the woman took part in a tandem parachute jump for charity, at a cost of £200.00. She removed her hearing aids prior to getting into the aircraft. This was her first jump and was performed under instruction. She was strapped to her Instructor and the harness was pulled tighter. After alighting the aircraft the emergency parachute deployed. The woman was then given the pre-agreed signal to lift her legs ready for landing. She attempted to but was unable to lift her legs sufficiently as the harness was tight and digging into the top of her legs which caused a restriction. The woman landed heavily and her left leg in particular impacted with the ground.
She suffered a fractured left fibula, soft tissue and ligament injury to her left ankle, soft tissue bruising to her left arm/shoulder and facial injuries.
After the accident the woman decided to contact Irwin Mitchell’s specialised personal injury team and one of our experienced solicitors, Katy Bailey, was able to deal with her claim. Initially the Defendant denied liability but after lengthy negotiations we were able to reach an agreement and secure the woman compensation of £10,000 in an out of court settlement.
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