The claimant broke her leg in a disabled toilet at an ice hockey rink. The disabled toilet was not big enough to accommodate her wheelchair. She therefore left her wheelchair outside the cubicle and attempted to walk to the toilet and fell over and broke her left leg and ankle.

She sued for personal injury under the Disability Discrimination Act and was successful.

Grayson -v- Virtual Ice Inline Roller Hockey Rink. Sheffield County Court.

Relative of deceased cannot use Human Rights Act to expand right to claim against public authority

The family of the deceased failed in their claim under the Human Rights Act 1998 to sue Rail Track for those who died in the Potters Bar rail crash. Those who brought the claim were unable to claim anything other than funeral expenses under the Fatal Accident Act 1976. They were not dependents of the deceased, for example, some of the claimants were adult daughters of one who had died in the crash.

The claimants argued that this represented a breach of Article 2 of the of the European Convention on Human Rights 1998 Act under the right to life. They argued that the Act applied to public authorities and that Rail Track should be treated as a public authority under the Act.

It was held that maintenance of the rail track was not an act of public authority covered by Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and that the mere fact that the relatives of the deceased has no claim other than funeral expenses arising from the death of the deceased did not involve the state in any breach of its obligations to right to life under Article 2 of the Human Rights Convention.

Cameron and Others -v- Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd. Queens Bench Division, 18 May 2006.