Man Awarded with Compensation for Fall

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A man has been awarded £8,750 compensation after he fell into a trench at a stately home, fracturing his ankle.

The Court of Session in Edinburgh heard how John Cowan (65) from Livingston in West Lothian fell into a trench that was five foot deep as he and his grandson were returning to his car following an organised ‘bat walk’ they had attended.

Mr.Cowan made the compensation claim against the Hopetoun House Preservation Trust, although they disputed his claim saying instructions had been given to avoid that area. Mr.Cowan said he did not hear these instructions. Lord Bracadale ruled in favour of the claimant but because Mr.Cowan was carrying a torch at the time of the accident he reduced his compensation settlement from £35,000 to £8,750 due to contributory negligence.

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