The expression “all the fun of the fair” certainly won’t be appropriate if you’ve been to a funfair in Devon and were injured. Although not overly common, it happens, and if you’ve been one of the unlucky ones, you may need the help of Accident Advice Helpline to assist you with the raising of a Devon no win no fee* injury claim.
Two 16-year-old boys injured at fairground in Leicester
Two 16-year-old boys were seriously injured when they went to a fair ground at Abbey Park in Leicester. Friends and local visitors watched horrified as the car they were riding in threw them out. One of the boys was thrown against the protective barrier surrounding the ride. As the ride continued to revolve, it struck him and caused further injury.
Both of the boys were rushed to hospital. One ended up in intensive care after undergoing an emergency operation to cope with a collapsed lung, broken arm, and severe wounds to his side. It took a total of 88 staples to close his wounds, plus stitches in both his tongue and his chin. A number of his teeth were also damaged. The other boy was injured less severely, but nonetheless suffered a broken nose, broken teeth, gashes to his face, and a nasty blow on the head.
Faulty equipment found to be the cause of the accident
In the subsequent investigation carried out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), it was found that the accident had been caused by the retaining pins which held the car to the radial arm, failing. The ride’s attendant had checked each car to ensure that the pins were in place earlier that day, but had not checked their condition.
After the accident, one of the retaining pins was found on the floor. It was damaged and therefore contained little grip. When the second retaining pin (which was still in position on the ride) was examined, it too was found to be damaged, and also had little grip.Open Claim Calculator
Ride owner fined £6,500 plus costs
The ride’s owner entered a guilty plea at the ensuing hearing in respect of contravening Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. He was fined the sum of £6,500 and made to pay further costs of £5,000.
How much is your Devon no win no fee* injury claim worth?
if you’ve been injured by a fairground ride in Devon and want to find out how much compensation you could be awarded for your Devon no win no fee* injury claim, go to Accident Advice Helpline’s website and use our interactive HOW MUCH compensation calculator. It won’t take more than about 30 seconds of your time, and is free for anyone to use.
Should you need any help or advice, AAH offers great customer support; in fact, it’s highly recommended by the well-known people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen. To access support call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0992 from any mobile.