Compensation for assault course injury


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In recent years there has been an increasing interest in highly adventurous activities such as assault courses, rock climbing, abseiling and zip-lining. Many of the places offering these high octane experiences will make participants agree that they partake in these activities at their own risk, but does this mean personal injury compensation cannot be claimed if something goes wrong?

Robert Wilson vs. Challenge Valley case study

Robert Wilson, a 49 year old taxi driver and scout leader from Hampshire, was injured at the Challenge Valley assault cause in Swansea. Mr Wilson suffered a fractured vertebrae in his back after falling from a fireman’s pole as part of the course. The court found in his favour, with Mrs Justice Swift ruling that the instructor had failed to adequately prepare him for the activity, which took place during wet weather. As a result of this ruling from the judge, Robert Wilson was awarded £167,514 in compensation.

This figure took into account the suffering caused by the injury, as well as the impact it had on the victim’s career and ability to care for his disabled wife and their four-year-old son. Justice Swift ruled that the negligence shown by Challenge Valley and their instructor was the reason for the accident, with no blame attributed to Mr Wilson.

Our thoughts

This case shows that claims can be made for serious injuries sustained as a result of malpractice or insufficient training and guidance from instructors. In the case of Robert Wilson he received a significant sum due to not only the painful injury, but the increased difficulty he had with caring for his dependent family. If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of poor instructions from someone charged with looking after your safety, contact to discuss whether your claim for compensation is likely to be successful, and the best way to proceed with your potential case.

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