A woman who suffered severe brain damage after nearly drowning 13 years ago during a school swimming lesson has won the right to bring a compensation claim against the local education authority.

Annie Woodland had to be resuscitated after being pulled from the water during a school lesson at Gloucester Park pool in July 2000. Miss Woodland’s father has been trying to claim compensation on behalf of his daughter. He asks “How could the school not be responsible for our daughter during a national curriculum lesson?” The ruling by the Supreme Court has allowed him to continue fighting for a personal injury compensation claim for his daughter. The case will now go to the High Court for a hearing to decide if her accident was due to negligence on the education authority’s behalf.

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Published: 25th November 2013