A local government officer from Milnrow has lost his battle for injury compensation after a collision with a brick wall during a football match left him paralysed.
Andrew Kerr, 57, was playing a five-a-side game at Littleborough Community School in February 2005 when a challenge from an opposing player knocked him into a plywood-covered wall, the Rochdale Observer reports.
The injuries to his spine were so severe that he was left tetraplegic and is likely to be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
However, a Court of Appeal judge has quashed his appeal against an earlier ruling, which stated that he could not claim injury compensation from the player.
"Cases of this kind are heart-rending. It is tragic to see a healthy man enjoying a game of football with friends struck down in this way," the paper reports Lady Justice Smith as saying.
It follows reports in the Express and Star that a Halesowen pensioner who had her leg amputated unnecessarily in a medical blunder has secured a six-figure injury compensation payout.