A man has won compensation from a company that operated a bungee jumping ride that ended up with him temporarily losing his sight. Jason Lowdon opted to try the ride on Brighton beach in 2008. The ride, known as Hyper Jump, uses bungee ropes to fling riders up into the air at speed before they come back down and bounce in the harness they are wearing.
In this case Mr Lowdon suffered ill-effects days after the ride and suffered bungee jump blindness. These types of incidents are actually quite rare, although in this case the outcome was obviously very severe indeed. When something like this happens it is imperative that proper advice should be taken. If it turns out negligence can be proven it puts the injured person in a good position to consider opting for compensation.
Headaches and a loss of sight
In the days following the experience, Mr Lowdon suffered from headaches and also had a stiff neck. When the vision in both eyes also went, he sought medical assistance. Doctors discovered the vertebral artery was severed and he was kept in hospital for two days. Despite suffering the bungee jump blindness, Mr Lowdon did eventually recover his eyesight, although his peripheral vision is not as good as it should be.
Accident Advice Helpline has handled cases – albeit on rare occasions – where something similar has occurred. The crucial factor is discovering whether there is any degree of negligence involved in what occurred. In this case the judge who awarded Mr Lowdon compensation of £17,000 said he had not been warned that the second jump he participated in was about to begin. Eyewitnesses also confirmed he looked ‘out of sorts’ following the second jump.
Company fights the outcome
The award has led to the company involved, Jumpzone Leisure UK Limited, trying to overturn the findings. It disagrees that it was negligent and this was apparently the first incident that had ever occurred where injuries like this were reported. It remains to be seen what happens next.
Source: Daily Star
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown