School sports days are great fun for kids and parents alike (especially when the kids are winning). They do, however, also present participants and spectators with the risk of suffering injuries by sports day accidents.
Slip, trips and falls can be caused by a host of possible hazards, including trip hazards like:
- Bags, camera cases and other belongings carelessly deposited on the ground by proud parents
- Ropes to separate different event areas
- Kit bags thrown into passage ways, between benches in changing room or on the ground outside by kids
- Poorly-positioned or curling sports mats or equipment
- Poorly-maintained pathways, car parks or other school grounds
Slipping injuries sustained both indoors outdoors may be caused by:
- Wet or muddy ground or floors
- Damp sports mats
- Highly-polished, smooth corridors or sports hall floors
- Lack of grids or non-slip mats in shower areas
- Dust on smooth surfaces
Slip and trip hazards should be removed immediately or, if this is not possible, clearly marked, and school corridors should contain ‘no running’ signs to prevent pupils, teachers, parents and other visitors suffering injuries by slipping or tripping.
Sports day mishaps
If you or your child were injured at school due to failure to remove hazards or inadequate marking thereof, you may be eligible to claim for slip or trip injury compensation. Claiming for compensation makes it necessary to provide supporting evidence. Collecting statements of witnesses, as well as their contact details; seeking medical attention so injuries and necessary treatments or medication can be documented in medical records; taking photos of the scene of the incident and keeping records of any expenses incurred as a result of the accidental injury is essential.
Timing is crucial
It is also important to start claiming as soon after sustaining a sports day injury as possible, as claims must be initiated within three years of the incident. Should an accident at school lead to a slowly developing complaint, this time limit may be extended from the date the condition caused by the incident is diagnosed.
Where to go for help
Finding a skilled injury solicitor without worrying about the potential cost is made easy by Accident Advice Helpline. The services of this law firm’s large legal team are provided under conditional fee agreements, and enlisting the help of one of these experienced professionals is as easy as picking up the phone and calling the company’s helpline.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice