Institute of Expert Witnesses

Providing specialist advice and support in accident cases

The Institute of Expert Witnesses offers professional impartial and independent advice and provides qualified expert opinions to support the legal process of resolving cases of accidents and injury.


Case Studies

Case: Novice mountain biker suffers a significant spinal injury

In a latest case for which our expert witness services were requested, a young man taking part in a beginner’s mountain bike tuition course suffered a significant spinal injury when cycling down a slope.


The injury..

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Case Study: Hotel Fitness Club

A young, woman suffered a significant back injury through lifting weights in a hotel fitness facility. The woman claimed that the person ‘spotting’ her lifting did not exercise due care and attention, failing to assist her when she got into difficulty...

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Case Study: Team Buliding

A female teaching assistant fractured her lower vertebrae when taking part in a ‘team building’ staff trampolining activity. Participating in a competitive game, she found herself in dangerous position from which she could not extricate herself safely...

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Case Study - The value of an Expert with extensive cross sport knowledge

The most obvious particular of claim is not always the one that wins the day. In a high profile case of permanent disablement  a 16 year old won significant damages not through his prime assertion of liability but from a seemingly minor issue in..

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Case Study: Go-Kart Incident

A teenager sustained serious injuries when she was thrown from a go-kart after it somersaulted.  Instructed to undertake a post accident engineering inspection of the go-kart, this revealed deficiencies in its design, when compared to national guidelines,..

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Case Study: Bungee trampoline

The user of a bungee trampoline suffered severe injuries when a tensioning rope broke. Engineering examination of the failed rope and the ride equipment generally was undertaken in order to establish the most likely cause of failure and to provide expert..

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Case Study: Trampoline at School

A young female foreign student engaged in a school trampolining lesson where she suffered a depressed fracture of her cheekbone. The student claimed a lack of progressive practices, adequate use of matting and inappropriate duty of care post incident...

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Case Study: School Football Incident

A young male pupil was playing in a school soccer activity without appropriate footwear. The pupil slipped and broke his leg when he engaged in a tackle with another pupil.

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Case Study - School trampoline

There was a successful conclusion to an incident in a school lesson involving class management of the use of trampolines. From several overlapping and at times contradictory layers of rules and regulations and advisory documents the court was given..

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Case Study - Soccer arm laceration

A soccer player suffered a significant arm laceration, due to colliding with an extending broken piece of weld mesh fencing, surrounding an all weather playing area. The player claimed that there was a lack of duty of care on behalf of the local authority,..

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