Extreme sports accident claim
Each year millions of people take part in “extreme sports” such as ziplining, diving, white water rafting, bungee jumping and rock climbing, which have become ever more popular.
Part of the thrill for those who take part in these activities is the perception of danger.
With this type of activity, there is an obvious risk of injury, but some injuries would have been avoided if the organisers had taken proper precautions, and put in place suitable safety measures, and given proper safety instructions to participants.
Who is responsible?
The organisers have a responsibility to take reasonable care to eliminate or reduce the risk and to take precautions that will minimise the risk of injuries.
The starting point for any such activity will be the risk assessment. If a risk assessment was not done, then the organisation will find it difficult to defend a claim. The risk assessment should do exactly what it says on the tin – it should assess the risk of the activity and then set out in detail how the risk can be reduced or eliminated. The company should then ensure that measures put in place are implemented. This may include ensuring that participants are properly instructed, and that equipment is regularly checked and properly maintained, and that safety equipment is suitable and fitted properly.
The company who organised the activity will be responsible. However, if this activity was part of a package arranged as part of your holiday, then the holiday company may be liable. This may be very important to establish if the activity was overseas as it is far better to be able to make a claim against a large travel company, than against a small foreign activity company.
If you paid for the activity with a credit card and it cost more than £100 then you may be able to pursue your claim against the credit card company.
Injuries sustained during extreme sport activities can be catastrophic life changing or even fatal and include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputations.
What to do after
If you were injured when you took part in an extreme sports activity, our team will advise you on whether you have a claim and how to pursue it.
We will investigate the claim and seek disclosure of the Defendant’s risk assessments, accident report, as well as requesting any CCTV and medical records.
How much is my claim worth
The value of the claim will depend on the severity of the injuries. Injuries occurring when undertaking extreme sports can be life changing.
We will obtain a range of experts’ reports in order to quantify the claim. We will discuss with you other evidence that may be needed.
Claims will include:-
- Pain, Suffering and Loss of Amenity.
- Loss of Earnings.
- Medical Treatment.
- Care and Assistance.
- Special Equipment.
- Adaptations to accommodation.
- Transport costs.
Time limits to make a claim
You have 3 years from the date of the accident to make a claim. If the injured person was under 18 at the time of the accident, then the time limit is their 21st birthday. However, the claim can be pursued for them by a parent.
We recommend in every case that the claim is pursued as quickly as possible.
How long does the compensation claim process take
In cases of serious injury, it is the seriousness of the injury and the complexity of the case that is the main determining factor as to how long the claim will take. In the case of life changing injuries, claims can take years to resolve.
Why choose Levenes?
We work diligently for our clients to help them put their lives back together and at the same time obtain the maximum compensation. With us on your side, you can expect:
- Over 100 years of combined experience – We have proven results; we are lawyers who fight for you with a record of success.
- Strong litigators – We are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to. We stand up for the rights of the injured and not for the rights of the big corporations.
- Empathy – We pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding and we are easy to talk to. We always put your interest first and we treat you as our family.
- A personal approach – Your case will be handled directly by one our partners with support from our team of lawyers.
- A tailor-made approach – Every client is treated individually and not as a number, to achieve the best possible result that you deserve.
- Clear communication – We talk to you in a down to earth way. We avoid legal jargon unless it cannot be avoided, and if so, we explain things clearly and simply.
- Maximum compensation – We have the courage to fight for what you are entitled to.
- Full attention – We have the resources to focus on every detail of the case and consider every angle. We do not spread ourselves too thinly – you deserve our full attention.