It’s a staple of graduation ceremonies throughout the country and makes for a fantastic photo opportunity, but is the traditional tossing of mortarboards facing the threat of being outlawed because it is too dangerous?
Pictures of flat hats being tossed skyward adorn the mantelpieces of millions of proud parents, but could they soon become a thing of the past?
Few issues stir the British public’s conscience quite like the suggestion of ‘health and safety gone mad’ but the fact is that these occasions do occasionally pose a very real risk of public accidents and injuries.
Accidents come in all shapes and sizes – from accidents at work to car crashes and public slips and falls – and the consequences can range from the mildly irritating to the severe. Whilst throwing a mortarboard may seem relatively safe, it could still result in the need for personal injury compensation.
Are you likely to suffer an accident in public from throwing a mortarboard?
The short answer is no. Given that thousands upon thousands of people chuck their mortarboards into the air triumphantly without incident every year, you would have to be extremely unlucky to suffer a personal injury in the process.
The celebratory act of throwing a mortarboard has been a tradition in higher education establishments since 1912. It is therefore, easy to see why suggested changes and warnings have been somewhat ignored and listened to only by the most reluctant ears.
Whatever the nature of an accident, it is important to remember just how damaging they can be in both a physical and emotional sense. Public falls, road traffic accidents and workplace injuries can be severely debilitating, and sometimes life changing for the victim.
The aftermath of an accident, therefore, is a time for cool heads and considering whether or not you are due some accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in establishing the strength and validity of your claim. A team of lawyers, with years of experience in the personal injury field, we know what it takes for a successful outcome and work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. We do this so that we do not have to ask for any money to get your claim started, or ask you to pay our legal fees if your claim is not won. Our no-win, no-fee agreement means that every innocent accident victim can afford to make their claim with us.
If you would like to know more about claiming compensation for your injuries, get in touch with us today. You can get all the free claims advice you may need from our friendly advisors on 0800 689 0500 if you are calling from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 off you are calling from a mobile.
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown