A man, who was paralysed after diving into a shallow swimming pool at an East Yorkshire holiday park, has been awarded more than £1 million in compensation.
Danny McCarrick, who was just twenty years old at the time of the accident, was staying at the Skipsea Sands Holiday Park in Driffield, East Yorkshire, while he was working as a heating engineer.
The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Mr. McCarrick and his work colleagues had decided to take a swim in the holiday parks indoor pool, after completing their first day of work.
Tragedy struck when Mr. McCarrick, who is now twenty five dived head first into the swimming pool, not realising that it was only one metre deep.
He hit his head on the bottom of the pool, which broke his neck and left him paralysed from the neck down.
Danny was hospitalised for seven months, immediately following the accident and has since moved into a specially adapted home, which he shares with his mother, Diane.
He launched a claim for personal injury compensation against the resorts owners, Park Resorts Ltd, claiming that the company was aware that the pool was not safe for diving but had made no attempt to warn visitors, such as by putting up warning signs or having a life guard on duty.
A High Court judge agreed that the company was indeed liable for Danny’s injuries and he was awarded a settlement in excess of £1 million, to pay for the cost of his lifelong care and rehabilitation.