Woman sues skydiving club

2012-05-22 09:33

Johannesburg – A Pretoria court has ruled that a skydiving club is liable for the damages suffered by a young woman who was injured when she did a jump without her parents’ permission.

Euleine de Kock was 17 at the time of the jump and fractured her leg and injured her back, reported The Pretoria News.

De Kock is claiming about R305 000 in damages but the court has so far only determined liability.

De Kock underwent training prior to the 2008 jump but didn’t properly fill in the forms that were given to her by the club. Although she filled in an indemnity form, her parents’ signature was missing.

De Kock was jumping with friends and before landing, drifted downwind and landed in a field, where she was injured.

The court would later rule on what damages De Kock would be awarded.

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-22 09:46

    Interestingly, she could have gotten an abortion at that age without her parents consent.

      Janice - 2012-05-22 09:51

      I agree, they want to act like adults only when it suits them!!!

      sticky.toffee - 2012-05-22 10:14

      Now the club must take the blame. I wonder if they would be sued if no one was injured.

      Maxil - 2012-05-22 10:36

      It feels like we are heading the way the US did, sue for EVERYTHING.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-22 10:00

    How typical of so many of the youth today. Blame somebody else for your misfortune. Totally against this. After all, would the signature have prevented her from drifting? Pathetic.

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-22 10:03

    Why call her a young woman if she is still a girl? It's things like this that make the youth believe they are adults.

  • cruywagen - 2012-05-22 10:27

    How convenient for the girl. She knew exactly what she was doing. Perhaps the courts time should be put to better use than defending rebellious teenagers that always get their way.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-22 10:31

    parents blame your daughter, not the club - she is your responsibility mom and dad. the forms i'm sure clearly stated the age required - she probably lied, again!

  • Tertius - 2012-05-22 10:43

    2008? Nice little 21st Birthday Present she is getting?

  • Quinton - 2012-05-22 11:05

    While it galls me to admit that I agree with the judge that the Manifest Officer was negligent, I would have to point out the one thing... It is easy to prove you are the parent of said child/young person/brat by providing your ID, however in many cases kids are placed in guardianship and said guardian may not be related in name to the above mentioned. What needs to be done now, does said guardian have to provide a letter from the welfare/courts to prove it and how would the manifest officer or anyone for that matter know the difference between a clever forgery or the original document? (Word/Powerpoint, a good scanner and Photoshop are very powerful tools). In my personal opinion she knew what she was getting into. She knew the risks, she LIED and participated in a mildly dangerous activity. Having skydived myself and done the static line course I know what happens. You get hurt when you don’t do as you are instructed... do what you get told and nothing happens... She very possibly did NOT look at the marshal that was guiding her in for her first landing and that’s why she ended up landing in the wrong place and getting hurt. I feel she should be lucky to get the judgment, but she should NOT be entitled to a cent. Stupid people like this makes life difficult for the rest of us...

      Lucy - 2012-05-22 11:28

      Whilst I agree with your comments I would like to say - years ago my daughter aged 6 was injured at a gymnastics club. I was not given nor did I sign an indemnity form. I discussed her joining the club with the owner who was a well known person in gymnastics in South Africa at the time. She went once a week to learn gymnastics. This incident happened on her 3rd lesson. Why?? Because the owner went on a sabbatical abroad and left the gym with a 17 yr old youth without me knowing. The parents were not in attendence for the lessons. The kids were told to use the HIGH BEAM - which my child had not used before. This was done without supervision. Needless to say my kid suffered a fractured skull and broken arm when she came crashing down. We were not phoned or anything. On arriving to fetch her she was laying concussed on the ground. She spent time in hospital and I was not phone by the gym. On phoning them to enquire - (AND NOT FOR ONE MOMENT WORRIED ABOUT SUING THEM FOR ONE CENT) but just to find out what happened - the only question I was asked was HAVE YOU SIGNED AN INDEMNITY FORM. Further than that I was never contacted by the gym to even ask how the child was. I am sorry I did not sue. I agree with your comments - I dont think the judgement is fair - my point is that it is not always the parents or "brats" fault.

      berni.venter - 2012-05-22 12:25

      With you on this one Quinton. Were it my daughter I would have given her the hiding of her life, injured or not! Actions have consequences. Time we started reiterating that lesson to our teenagers. You made the decision, you pay the consequences. @Lucy - Your situation is horrifying and you definitely have just cause to be angry upset. That was very irresponsible of the gymnastics club and they broke their agreement. The difference is that this 17 year old made the decision by herself and without her parents knowledge or consent! She knew full well what she was doing! My daughter has been nagging for a belly ring because all her friends have one. My response... Over my dead body! And guess what. Two years later and she still doesn't have one.

  • pbobbins - 2012-05-22 11:57

    With Stupidity comes the price

  • monique.feilingrawjee - 2012-05-22 13:06

    so, if she didn't get hurt, would they still be able to sue because she jumped without their consent?? how stupid that someone else must pay for that girl's actions... parents should start taking responsibility for their kids and NOT blame others...

  • Roger - 2012-05-22 15:24

    Will you sue the Club for letting your underage daughter into the club and something happens?? Rather be upset with yourself for not having control over your kid.

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