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Child loses finger at football match

Claim type: Occupiers Liability
Location: Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
Accident type: Amputation, finger injury, sporting accident
Accident claim value awarded: £3,750

 A Saturday afternoon family outing to see Doncaster Rovers play ended in disaster when one of the children lost part of a finger.

Five-year-old Ben Roberts went to the match at the Rovers’ home ground, the Keepmoat Stadium, with his dad, twin brother and his sister.

As the second half of the game was about to start, Ben, who had been standing beside his dad went back to his own seat. Almost immediately, he cried out and Mr Roberts could see that blood was pouring from Ben’s fingers. Ben had apparently trapped his finger between the spring loaded seat and the metal support bar that ran underneath, severing the digit.

Paramedics at the stadium hurried to help Ben and put his finger into a bag of ice.  The little boy was then taken by ambulance to the Accident and Emergency department at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, where he was treated for the traumatic amputation of the left little finger.  Surgeons opted not to try to reattach it because of the surgery that would be involved and there was a high risk that the finger would only reject in the end.

Ben’s family contacted lawyers for The Accident Team as they felt that there would be more accidents like this if something wasn’t done. In fact, the lawyers were already acting for another child who had suffered the exact same injury less than a year before, and they were appalled to be presented with yet another identical incident.

The court found that the stadium owners had been negligent in their duty of care. They had failed to assess the risks to young children, failed to act after the first incident and had not warned other visitors of the risks to young children.

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Please note: Names have been changed to protect the client’s privacy. All other details are based on a real event.

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