Parents of Ben Foulds to sue Devon County Council over late son's injury
The family of a teenage cyclist left tragically paralysed after he was impaled on a set of roadside railings while travelling home from college have launched a High Court compensation bid.
Ben Foulds suffered catastrophic spinal injuries when he lost control of his bike, careering through a retaining wall and fence beside Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, in November 2010.
He landed head-first on a road 15 feet below and an eight-inch long part of the metal railing plunged into the side of his body.
Ben struggled to cope with his injuries for the next two years. He was confined to a wheelchair and suffered devastating psychological effects. But his family were torn apart in October last year when Ben's father walked into his room to discover he had died without warning.
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Ben's parents, Andrew Foulds, of Wilson Close, Daventry, and Claire Foulds, of King Edward Street, Barnstaple, are now suing Devon County Council, as highway authority for the area, alleging negligence and breach of duty in failing to properly maintain the fence which Ben crashed through, hurtling to the valley below.
The writ states that Ben's family are seeking between £50,000 and £100,00 in damages; however the county council denies all liability in the case.