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Charity parachutist settles for pounds 25,000 after injury.

A MERSEYSIDE man whose leg was shattered in a charity parachute jump has received a pounds 25,000 pay-out.

Martin Oldfield, 27, from Wallasey, crashed into a fence and suffered multiple leg injuries after his parachute was blown off course.

The electrical engineer, who had three operations and two years of physiotherapy, told yesterday how he was in constant pain and had limited use of his leg.

He was given the out-of-court settlement after taking legal action against Black Knights parachute centre in Cockerham, Lancashire.

The company denied liability.'

Mr Oldfield, who has worked for Scottish Power for 10 years, was jumping for the company's charity fund in September 2000.

Mr Oldfield said: 'As I approached the ground I could feel myself being blown off course. Then I hit the fence.'

The Black Knights parachute centre denied the weather conditions were too severe and denied liability for the accident. As well as the settlement, the company will pay Mr Oldfield's costs.

A spokesman refused to comment

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Injured parachutist Martin Oldfield with his wife, Leanne, and daughter, Ellie
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2005
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