A 24-year old man left paralysed in a zipwire crash is taking his case to the High Court after the accident left him unable to work again. The former sports instructor and champion ‘flow rider’ suffered horrific spinal injuries as a result of the accident and can no longer carry on his career as one of Europe’s best flow riders; a sport involving simulated surfing. Brett Anthony suffered his extensive injuries when he crashed into the end of a zipwire at Twinwoods Business Park, Milton Ernest. The zipwire, also known as ‘The Swoop’, was 208 metres long and ran from a launch platform on the roof of a wind tunnel. However, the braking mechanism had to be reset after each descent which Mr Anthony says the ‘catcher’ failed to do despite giving the signal that it was safe to go.
Mr Anthony was last to go down the zipwire and was instructing members of the public on how to use the ride when the accident occurred. He has now been left paraplegic despite the months of rehabilitation and surgery underwent after the accident. He also underwent a kidney transplant after the accident left his right kidney very badly damaged. Mr Anthony is suing Flowhouse Bedford Limited and Bodyflight Limited as a result of the extensive, life-changing injuries. The companies’ defence is not yet available.
Potential sports-related injuries
Adventure sports can carry a high risk of injury but are more risky if appropriate safety procedures are not followed. This could be due to a lack of training made available to staff or it could be due to faulty equipment which has not been appropriately maintained. An accident could cause serious injuries like those suffered by Mr Anthony and could prevent you from taking part in sports or from working in general. If you have sustained an injury related to a zipwire crash or have had an accident while taking part in an adventure sport, you may be entitled to compensation if the accident was the fault of a third party. Call the Accident Advice helpline if you need advice on your claim.
How to pursue your claim
Pursuing your claim is made simpler when you give our team at Accident Advice Helpline a call. With our no win, no fee* policy, your finances are protected and you will have full representation from an appropriate solicitor. Call our free 24-hour helpline to speak with our team regarding your personal injury claim. If you have been injured due to a third party or your accident could have been prevented, we could win you a cash payout to help you cope financially.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown