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Teen sues government for $354,000 over knee injury

A Queensland teenager is suing the government for more than $350,000 after he injured his knee while wearing a pair of Dunlop Volleys during a game of touch rugby.

Dylan Luxton claims he fell and fractured his shin bone during the football game at Woodhill State School, west of the Gold Coast, in 2012, according to The Gold Coast Bulletin.

The 18-year-old, who claims his shoes contributed to his slip, has since undergone a knee reconstruction and said in court documents the injury has stopped him from fulfilling his dream of becoming a personal trainer.

He is asking for $354,770.20 in compensation.  

Queensland teenager Dylan Luxton is suing the government for more than $350,000 after he injured his knee while wearing a pair of Dunlop Volleys during a game of touch rugby in 2012 (stock image)

Documents also allege that ‘inadequate supervision’ by the school contributed to the injury. 

‘[The school] failed to warn of the dangers of participating in touch rugby while wearing Dunlop Volley shoes which facilitated or added to the foreseeable risk of slipping while so participating,’ court documents lodged in Southport District Court said.

‘Prior to his injury [Mr Luxton] enjoyed football, basketball and rollerblading.’

The 18-year-old is no longer able to participate in such sports, the documents said.

‘[Mr Luxton] will not be able to participate in activities requiring prolonged periods of standing, walking, running or jumping over uneven terrain, carrying heavy objects in confined spaces or activities involving torsional and loading forces to this left knee,’ court documents lodged in Southport District Court said.

A spokesman for Department of Education declined to comment to the Gold Coast Bulletin because the matter is currently before the courts. 

Mr Luxton claims he fell and fractured his shin bone during the football game at Woodhill State School, west of the Gold Coast (stock image)

 

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