The latest crazy internet challenge to make the rounds all over social media networks, the ice bucket challenge, is resulting in rapidly increasing numbers of personal injuries. Many of these accidental injuries are the direct result of trying to add twists to the challenge without proper thought or care.
The challenge fail shown below shows just how thoughtless and careless people can be when taking the challenge and how easy it is to suffer potentially serious head and neck injuries. In this clip, a young man is supposed to have the water thrown over him by a tractor with a digging attachment. Unfortunately, he is standing too close, and as the attachment comes down, it hits the back of his head and neck. After forcing his head forward in a painful looking motion and throwing him forward, it then lands on top of him. It appears that the young man walked away from this challenge accident, at least to begin with.
Judging by the way it looks, he could have suffered serious head, neck and even back injuries. There is no mention of injuries, but it is likely that at the very least, he will have suffered severe bruising and maybe also a whiplash injury of some level of severity or another. If this is the case, he was lucky. A German participant was killed and several others were seriously injured when the JCB they used for the challenged tipped over under the weight of the water in its bucket attachment. Others suffered cuts, bruises and broken limbs when slipping, tripping or falling after their challenges.
The question of responsibility
The question is whether anyone should be held responsible for such injuries and, if so, who should carry the blame. In genuine slips, trips and falls, injuries by falling objects, and so on, the person who was injured or, if someone is killed, their family, are entitled to claim for injury compensation. At present, this is not the case with injuries by ice bucket challenges, which are essentially self-inflicted, although knowing what the risks are, people nominating others to participate could in theory be blamed.
What to do when injured
Anyone hurt in an accident that was not self-inflicted should get advice and legal assistance from experienced compensation lawyers. Accident Advice Helpline’s nationwide legal team provides such assistance on a no win no fee* basis.