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Around the World Yacht Race Accident

Irwin Mitchell has been instructed to recover compensation on behalf of a client who sustained injuries whilst taking part in an ‘around the world’ yacht race in 2009.

Whilst the yacht was moored in the harbour of La Rochelle, France, our client’s assistance was requested on board one of the yachts to hoist the skipper up the main mast so that the vessel could be prepared to sail to Rio De Janeiro the following day.

Unbeknown to our client, a hatch had been left open at the top of the ladder where he was to board the vessel. He climbed on board and stepped directly into the open hatch, causing him to double over and fracture his left fibula.

He was taken to a local French hospital where he underwent a pinning operation and put into a cast, cutting his around the world venture short. To date, our client continues to suffer from symptoms as a result of his injury and he is now under the care of an Orthopaedic surgeon and physiotherapist in Australia, where he resides.

A claim is being pursued against the race organiser, Clipper Ventures PLC, a UK based company. It has been argued that the novice sailors were provided with inadequate training in advance of the venture which they were to embark. Clipper Ventures PLC has admitted primary liability in the matter and we are currently obtaining medical evidence in order to enter further negotiations with the Defendant.

Irwin Mitchell’s International Travel Litigation Group specialises in recovering damages for people who have sustained an injury abroad. If you have suffered an injury whilst abroad, we would like to help you achieve that to which you may be entitled to.

For more advice on making a holiday illness claim, contact us on 0800 056 0066 or complete our enquiry form and we will call you back.

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