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Accident victim awaits ski trip verdict

PUBLISHED: 16:11 25 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

A TEENAGER who was left wheelchair-bound after a catastrophic accident while on a ski trip with his school is due to hear the outcome of his High Court compensation fight.

A TEENAGER who was left wheelchair-bound after a catastrophic accident while on a ski trip with his school will hear the outcome of his High Court compensation fight today.

Simon Chittock, who was 17 at the time of the accident, was left paralysed from the waist down after the trip to the resort of Kuhtai in the Austrian Tyrol with a group from Woodbridge School, in Suffolk, in 1996.

Simon, who now lives in Clapham, south London, was injured after skiing off the edge of a piste near a chair lift and falling to the ground, landing on his back, on April 5, 1996.

Once an active teenager who, apart from skiing, played rugby, hockey and other sports, he is now confined to a wheelchair.

He had been in the lower sixth studying for A-levels in Business Studies, French and Social Biology at the time of the accident.

Simon's lawyers claim there was a negligent failure to adequately supervise him on the trip, but the school denies all blame.

Mr Justice Leveson will give his long-awaited ruling in the case today.

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