An injury compensation claim has been launched by a former rugby player who was left paralysed by a scrum that went wrong.
Steven Cox, 24, was left wheelchair-bound after he broke his neck and dislocated his spine while playing in a rugby match for St Chad’s college, The Durham Times reports.
The student believes the scrum was not properly managed and is pursuing an injury compensation claim against the referee’s Rugby Football Union insurers.
Despite his injuries, Mr Cox has taken the decision to continue his studies at Durham University.
"I was pushed forward and my head collided with the shoulder of an opposition player I heard and felt a crack in my spine I knew instantly that something was seriously wrong," he told the paper.
The case comes soon after it was reported that a Surrey construction company was fined GBP 15,000 for a work injury which left an employee paralysed.