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Activity centre faces compensation claim for welly-wanging

A teacher is seeking £5m in personal injury compensation after being injured in a welly-wanging competition.

The teacher had been on a school trip to an adventure centre in Devon with his pupils when the accident took place in 2007. Staff and students had been joining in with a mini Olympics event which was organised by the activity centre and included a welly-wanging competition.

The contest involved pupils throwing wellies in the normal fashion while teachers had to throw backwards between their legs.

As the design and technology teacher had his turn, he fell forward and was unable to break his fall due to having his hands between his legs. He suffered life-changing injuries in the accident and has been left paralysed from the neck down. He is now confined to a wheelchair and requires a ventilator for 23-hours every day.

The teacher has since launched an injury claim against the activity centre, arguing that the way teachers had been instructed to throw their wellies had been unsafe. The company has denied liability.

If the case is successful, the personal injury compensation will be used to cover the man's ongoing costs of care.


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