Surfer suffers serious brain injury
Posted: September 25, 2014
Posted in: Public Liability
One of Britain’s top female surfers suffered a life-threatening brain injury in 2008 and continues to battle for compensation. 22-year-old Gwen Spurlock had been testing a new wave simulator at a Swansea leisure centre when the accident happened. She received compensation from the leisure company but is still fighting to win compensation from the simulator-providers.
The accident happened in 2008 when the new wave simulator through her off-balance, causing her to bash her head against the side. After complaining of double vision immediately after the incident, she suffered a seizure five days later. Surgeons were forced to drill holes into her skull to relieve the pressure on her brain.
When the accident happened Miss Spurlock was Britain’s number one junior and senior women surfer, and was also the three-times winner of the women’s UK Pro Surf Tour.
“No established safety record”
Having been awarded £250,000 compensation from the Swansea leisure company, she now awaits compensation from the Glasgow-based simulator manufacturers, as the new machine was “a prototype with no established safety record”. Because of this, the Boardrider providers Euro Pools and Murphys Waves are liable to pay compensation to Miss Spurlock.
Following the accident, safety features on the wave simulator have been greatly improved. Miss Spurlock has also made a full recovery following fears that she could have become paralysed.
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