Sweeney Miller has secured thousands of pounds in compensation for a South Tyneside student who badly cut his leg at a skate park.

The student lacerated his leg when he fell on a protruding bolt while playing at the bike and skate park in South Shields

The case was vigorously defended by Council who blamed the dangerous bolt on vandals pulling out the fencing.

But solicitors at Sunderland and Newcastle-based Sweeney Miller successfully argued that despite carrying out weekly health and safety inspections at the park, the Council failed to notice the protruding bolts over several months and failed to replace the broken fencing.

The issue of liability remained in dispute and so court proceedings were pursued which led to the student receiving £5,155 in compensation for his injuries.

Head of Civil Litigation at Sweeney Miller Lindsey Christie said: “There was a clear lack of care in this case with inspections failing to spot the danger over a protracted period of time – in this case several months.  This was a nasty injury in what is after all an area specifically designated for children and teenagers to play and exercise.”

If you have had an accident and think you may be entitled to compensation contact Sweeney Miller’s personal injury department on 0191 568 2050.

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