Torrington rugby fan wins injury compensation at trial

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A Torrington rugby fan has secured compensation for personal injury suffered in a London pub. John Pledger of Torrington, North Devon was at the Barmy Arms in Twickenham with his family, having a quiet pint after watching a rugby match in December 2009. He went to use the gents and slipped on water on the floor, suffering tendon damage to his right knee.

He made a no win – no fee compensation claim through our New Deal scheme which guarantees that our clients receive 100% of the injury compensation awarded to them.

The injury claim was taken to court by Mike Clarke, injury partner at Slee Blackwell in Bideford, who said,

“There were two unusual aspects to this compensation claim; the first was the extraordinary behaviour of the landlord of the pub, who tried to manhandle Mr Pledger from the premises after the accident and refused to call an ambulance for him, even though he was obviously seriously injured and unable to walk. The second was the refusal of the landlord and his insurers to accept that there had been any liquid at all on the floor, despite us showing them clear photographs of it, taken at the scene of the accident by a witness within minutes of the accident happening. Frustratingly, the insurers flatly refused to negotiate on this injury claim, which meant we had to take it all the way to a trial. When we were about half-way through the hearing, the defendant’s insurers finally agreed to a negotiated settlement, giving Mr Pledger the fair compensation we had fought to get for him for over 2 years.”

Mike Clarke is happy to give free initial advice about injury claims. He can be contacted on Bideford (01237) 427921 or at [email protected]

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