CRS Adventures Ltd deny injury liability
Glennroy Blair-Ford was on a weeklong outing at an adventure camp in Devon in 2007 with pupils from the school where he was a teacher. During a welly-wanging contest, which involved teachers and pupils, organised by the centre operators, CRS Adventures Ltd, Mr Blair-Ford suffered an accident.
The teachers had to turn around and throw the welly backwards between their legs. However, Mr Blair-Ford lost his balance while throwing the welly, landing headfirst hard on the ground. The fall caused him serious injury and left him paralysed from the neck down. Now, he is confined to a wheelchair, on a ventilator 23 hours of the day, and is seeking compensation of £5m.
The Metro reports that personal injury compensation is being sought from CRS Adventures Ltd. At the High Court his legal team argued that this way of throwing a welly is unsafe, with the action of unusual swinging creating high risk of falling forward when the hands cannot offer support and break the fall.
CRS Adventures deny liability, claiming that this method of throwing is quite safe and does not pose a risk of injury.
If the case is successful, the money gained will cover the costs of his ongoing care for the duration of his life.