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Old 12th May 2020, 22:59
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Gipsy Queen
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
While the lawyers in question may well be ambulance-chasers, if it emerges that the airport authority was negligent in maintaining/monitoring the boundary fence, which allowed the unfortunate victim to gain access to the runway, they could well find themselves defending a wrongful death lawuit.
From what I gather, this chap deliberately or while the balance of his mind was disturbed, walked into an aircraft with known and predictable consequences. It could be argued that given sufficient determination, anyone could gain access to an airport; what this person might do there has to be within his own competence for which a third party should not be actionable. Of course, this is not a cogent defence in these days of almost non-existent personal responsibility.
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