A business man is suing an estate agent for £100,000 after he broke his back while climbing newly-installed security gates at his flat - having arrived home with a takeaway for dinner.
Carlos Reguero Perez, 49, had been returning home to his £1million flat in Hampstead, north London at around 10.30pm on February 4, 2015 when he discovered the newly installed gates.
Keen to put his feet up and eat dinner, but without a fob or access code to open the electronically-controlled gates, he tried to clamber over but fell heavily and suffered serious injuries, it is claimed.
As well as two spinal fractures, Mr Perez says he suffered a brain injury which has caused his eyes to become hyper-sensitive, so he is now forced to wear shades to cope with bright light.
He is demanding six-figure compensation from Savills (UK) Ltd, who acted as managing agents for the landlord of his flat.
Carlos Reguero Perez had been returning home to his £1million flat in Hampstead, north London on February 4, 2015 when he discovered the newly installed gates (pictured)
But the estate agents say he 'acted in reckless disregard for his own safety by climbing the gate' and they are not to blame.
Central London County Court heard that Mr Perez was living in a flat now worth around £1m at the exclusive Prince Arthur Mews complex at the time of his accident.
Builders had recently installed new security gates at the entrance, the court heard, and when he returned with his takeaway that night Mr Perez found the electricically-controlled gates had 'gone live' blocking him from getting into his home.
Mr Perez claims Savills failed to tell him when the gates would become operational or get the fob or access code to him in time.
He tried in vain to contact a neighbour in the apartment block by pressing buttons on the entry keypad, his lawyers claim.
'In the agony of the moment' Mr Perez decided his only option was to scale one of the gates, they say.
But he lost his footing in mid-climb, clattering heavily onto the concrete pavement.
Mr Perez claims the fall left him with devastating multiple injuries - including spinal fractures, a 'moderate