Every day, more people are being nominated for the ice bucket challenge, a dare-or-pay challenge designed to promote awareness for motor neurone diseases and ALS. Those not wishing to participate within 24 hours of being nominated are expected to make a donation to charity.
Sweeping across social media networks with increasing velocity, the challenge may look like a harmless bit of fun, but many participants have suffered personal injuries taking it. Some have even paid for their attempt to do something for a good cause with their lives.
How quickly challenges can turn sour is shown very well in the clip showing a young woman, Teresina Bell, taking her challenge below. Well prepared, Teresina nominates others, including her mother, before she sits, clad in a swimsuit and wearing goggles, on a bench as her mum (who is not particularly happy about her part in the challenge) pours a bucket full of water and ice cubes over her.
Smack, bang, wallop
All appears to be well, until Teresina jumps up screaming and runs barefoot along the garden path. Still wearing her goggles, she misjudges her distance to a metal bracket forming part of a pole supporting hanging baskets at the side of the path and crashes face first into it. She then slips and falls backwards onto the stone path. She definitely suffered a serious bump to the head, but she may also have sustained bruising or maybe even a more serious back injury by falling flat onto the path.
Another woman suffered a serious whiplash injury when running dripping wet into her kitchen and subsequently slipping after taking the challenge early in September 2014. Having knocked herself out, this woman’s slip injury was at first thought to be a broken neck, as she showed symptoms of a possible spinal injury when she first regained consciousness.
The sad facts
The sad truth is cases like these are just the tip of the iceberg. Many more participants suffer serious accidental injuries, and so far, two people have been killed. What makes this even sadder is the fact that these injuries are essentially self inflicted. People who have suffered injuries in slips, trips and falls that were someone else’s fault may be eligible for personal injury compensation. If you are one of them, call a friendly Accident Advice Helpline representative today to learn more about claiming for compensation.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice