A student who suffered brain injuries after a 20ft drop on a night out is seeking injury compensation from Plymouth City Council.
Jonathan Harvey, who was studying physiotherapy at Southampton University at the time of the incident, tripped over a broken fence and plunged into the Tesco car park below, the Plymouth Herald reports.
He spent eight months in hospital with life-threatening injuries and still has trouble walking and talking because of bleeding on the brain.
Lawyers acting on his behalf believe the council should have appreciated the potentially fatal hazard presented by the dilapidated fence.
However, Plymouth City Council has disputed liability for the accident, saying that Mr Harvey had drunk up to eight pints before the fall and was running away from a taxi driver at the time.
A man who was put into a coma after falling from a London night bus was recently awarded GBP 1.3 million in injury compensation.