Ben Ridd, a young man from Dorset, was involved in a power boat accident back in 2005, when he was just 13. The accident, which left him with a severe traumatic brain injury, happened during a competition when he was navigating a boat being driven by a 10-year-old with limited experience. Another boat ploughed into Ben’s from behind and struck him hard on the head. Part of the power boat race injury sustained by the youngster was a fractured skull, and he was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.
Ben’s power boat race injury left him in a coma for three weeks and he sustained a broken collarbone, massive brain haemorrhaging and a T9 spinal fracture. Today, he has been left with a neuropsychological disorder which includes difficulties speaking and swallowing, learning difficulties and a disabling weakness down his left-hand side. He will never make a full recovery.
Specialist personal injury solicitors were instructed to represent Ben and although the Royal Yachting Society denied liability for the accident for over 7 years, a settlement was finally agreed which will pay for Ben’s medical support and rehabilitation.
Has your child been injured in a sporting accident?
Active children find it hard to sit still, and if your child is into sports, you’re probably used to racing around after them to take them to classes – they may even compete in their chosen sport. Worrying about them being injured is probably the last thing on your mind, but if your child has been injured in a sporting accident, you might be left wondering who is to blame. In stories like the one above, it’s obvious that the organisation running the race was responsible for the youngster’s accident. Contacting a personal injury lawyer will allow you to find out if negligence has occurred, and if you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation on your child’s behalf.
Claiming with Accident Advice Helpline
When it comes to personal injury claims, the good news is that, in the vast majority of cases, there is no need to attend court, although you may need to if the other side denies liability for your accident. Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline and we promise to offer you confidential, no-obligation advice, which will help you decide if claiming is the right next step to take. If you do decide to claim, you’ll be pleased to know that we have been in the industry since 2000, so we have a wealth of experience helping customers claim compensation. We also offer a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ service, so there’s not a penny to pay unless your claim is successful.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation legal advice about making a claim.
Date Published: December 6, 2014
Author: David Brown