Appeal Against Damages Payment To Schoolboy Rugby Player

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Jack sued the rugby club on the basis that they had failed to carry out a thorough pre match inspection.  The club argued that such an inspection would be meant a fingertip search of the pitch by several people in order to have located the offending item.

When the claim was first heard at Milton Keynes County Court the Court found in favour of Jack.  He was awarded the sum of £54,000.00.

This decision has now been appealed.  The barrister for the club argued that the County Court Judge went too far and the requirement is not to take every step, but rather reasonable steps and a systematic and vigorous inspection of a sports field was simply not realistic. 

The current decision puts sports clubs and schoolyards under extreme health and safety obligations.  I await the decision of the Court of Appeal Civil Division. 

Karen Thompson
Legal Executive - Personal Injury Team 

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