Family of popular groom-to-be who fell to his death at Liverpool hotel
The family of a man who suffered a fatal brain injury after falling over the top of a bannister at a Liverpool hotel in 2015 are to continue their battle for answers after a Jury found that had a “thorough Risk assessment been undertaken and actioned” his death could have been avoided.
Antony Morris, 29, was attending the wedding of a close family friends at the 30 James Street Hotel in Liverpool with his parents, brother and fiancé, Kiera, when he plummeted to the floor having probably fallen over the top of 83cm bannister.
The popular Widnes Wildcats ice hockey player was found by members of the public at the bottom of a stairwell in the former White Star Line building. He was rushed to hospital, but despite the best efforts of medical staff was declared dead on arrival.
Throughout a seven day inquest, which took place at Liverpool Coroner’s Court, Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg heard evidence from a number of witnesses including the Police, the family and the architects who oversaw the restoration and refurbishment of the building between 2013 and 2014.
A verdict of ‘Accidental Death’ was handed down on October 24th, with the delivery of a short narrative that stated that had previous concerns regarding the safety of the balustrade before the incident been investigated, and a thorough Risk assessment undertaken and put into action, Antony’s fall and subsequent death ‘may have been avoided’.
Antony’s parents, alongside his fiancé Kiera Bonnon who he was due to marry less than five months after he died, have appointed personal injury law expert and EAD Solicitors Partner Terry Wilcox in order to continue their battle for answers; in a bid to determine if more should have been done to protect him.
They are also calling for other venues with inadequate barriers take action to ensure that buildings used by the public meet the minimum safety standard amidst concerns that others are at risk with the support of their solicitor.
Terry from EAD Solicitors, part of Simpson Millar, said: “The inquest found that whilst Antony died accidentally, there remains unanswered questions regarding why previous concerns with regards the safety of the balustrade where not acted upon. And inevitably, that has also prompted questions with regards whether his death could have been prevented altogether”.
“We are working to support Antony’s family as part of this ongoing investigation”.
A production line worker for Jaguar Land Rover from Warrington, Antony was a keen sports player, and beloved member of the local community.
Antony’s father Stephen Morris said on behalf of the family: ‘We as a family are devastated to have lost our wonderful son and future husband, Antony”.
“Our lives have been changed forever and nothing will bring him back. We hope his tragic loss will cause questions to be asked about the laws/regulations surrounding converting old buildings into hotels and other establishments accessible to the public”.
“We hope that by launching a civil claim we can get some answers as to what happened and whether more could have been done to protect him”.
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