Serious Head Injury in Sledging Accident

A teenager’s serious head injuries after hitting a tree whilst sledging last Sunday are a sad reminder of how quickly winter fun can turn into tragedy.

Fighting for his life

Reportedly still fighting for his life in intensive care, Liam Stafford was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance.  Currently his condition is described as critical, but stable.

“All the lads are in shock”

Liam is part of his local Middlesbrough under-16s football team and usually on a Sunday afternoon would have been playing, but matches were cancelled due to the snow.  Team manager Kevin Brownlee said, “All the lads are in shock. I am sending him my best wishes and to his family too.”

How to minimise the risk?

Gary Finch of Cleveland Mountain Rescue team, which helped with other sledging accidents on Sunday said whilst, “It is not difficult to understand how everyone, no matter what age, enjoys sledging.  Clearly it is not without risks."

He advised people to, “Try looking for a slope which has a gently run out at the end and is free from obstacles.  Boulders can easily be hidden by snow.
“Avoid slopes which run down into trees.  Wearing a helmet although possibly not very cool clearly minimises the risk of head injuries.  By all means enjoy the snow, but stay safe.”

Head Injury UK: Head Injury Claim Experts

At Head Injury UK we wish Liam a good recovery and hope people will follow Cleveland Mountain Rescue team’s simple steps to minimise their risk of having an accident and to stay safe.  Should however you or someone you know have suffered a head injury or other serious injury through someone else fault, then contact Andy Shaw to see how he can help you.


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