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Ogwo v Taylor [1988]

Facts

  • Through the fault of the defendant, a fire was caused at his property
  • A fireman was injured due to the intense heat of the fire, even though he was wearing full protective gear

Issue

  • Could the fireman recover for physical injury claims

Decision

  • Claim allowed

Reasoning

  • Firemen can still make claims for personal injury

[Firemen] will sometimes be exposed to unavoidable risks of injury, whether the fire is described as “ordinary” or “exceptional.”…no reason whatever why they should be held at a disadvantage as compared to the layman entitled to invoke the principle of the so-called “rescue” cases. – Lord Bridge

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