Family sue over injuries sustained at Apollo Theatre
Posted: February 9, 2014
Posted in: Head and Brain Injuries Public Place Accidents Shoulder Injuries Spine & Back Injuries
A family of six that sustained serious personal injuries in the ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theater in December has launched a legal claim for compensation. The Edwards family was amongst the seventy-six injured audience members who had been watching ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ at the time of the accident. Debris began to fall on the audience, leaving many people with serious injuries.
Account manager from Tufnell Park, Gareth Edwards (31), suffered three fractured vertebrae, a broken shoulder blade and bruising on his brain in the accident. Mr Edwards had been at the performance alongside his wife Claudia (30), his brother Alastair (35), pregnant sister-in-law Kelsey (30) and parents Chris (63) and Linda (64). Tickets for the performance had been purchased as a Christmas present for the sibling’s parents. Chris also suffered serious bruising and cuts on his scalp.
Unsound structure because of ageing
Chris Edwards said: “We went there expecting to enjoy the show and be safe. Instead we were put in peril and I was unable to protect my family and others from serious injury.” He believed that the collapse of the ceiling was not purely down to weather conditions, but argued that the structure had become unsound due to ageing.
The family is currently in contact with solicitors in an attempt to claim against Nimax theatres. An investigation is currently underway.
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