The edge of reason

A landmark case involving a serious injury suffered during a climbing activity signals a move by the judiciary to encourage personal responsibility. Roddy Macleod gives a run-down of the case that could change the way duty of care is perceived in future

Earlier this month the Court of Appeal handed down its decision in a landmark case that illustrates a change in attitude towards those who injure themselves while taking part in risky or dangerous activities.

Those injured while undertaking dangerous activities often understandably look for someone to blame. However, doing that now may not be so easy, especially where there has been an obvious risk of injury and the element of free will.

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