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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails

    Ice bucket challenges appear to cause many injuries by slips, trips or falls, or by being hit by moving or falling objects. A clip shown below reveals how the ice bucket challenge taken by a man from Bunclody in County Wexford, Ireland took an unexpected, rather embarrassing turn.

    What happened in Bunclody? 

    Not content with emptying a bucket of ice water over his head, the gentleman in question hoped to ‘out-do’ his friends by also having a huge load of icy water dumped over him by a transporter bucket. The weight of the water running down his body subsequently took down his shorts.

    Less fortunate participants

    While this individual survived his challenge with a few blushes, others were not so lucky. A similar attempt to use a tractor bucket for the challenge almost ended in serious personal injuries when the young man taking the challenge was hit by the bucket on the back of his head. A JCB digger used in Germany toppled over, crushing the participant and injuring several others in the process.

    Other failed challenges

    Other participants suffered injuries by slips, trips and falls following their challenge, while others were killed. One of these deaths involved a young man in Scotland. Still experiencing the gasp response triggered by the initial bucket full of ice water hitting him, the lad jumped into a quarry pool and, unable to hold his breath due to the above-mentioned gasp response, drowned.

    Death of a father

    In another fatal ice bucket challenge, a father died of a heart attack after consuming a large quantity of alcohol immediately after taking the challenge. The alcohol intensified the effects of arrhythmia, an abnormal heart rhythm caused by the icy water triggering two opposing responses, one of which slows the heart rate, while the other accelerates it.

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    Senseless suffering

    Every year, thousands of people suffer accidental injuries through no fault of their own. It is hard to believe that so many would wish to take the risk of sustaining not only minor injuries by tripping, slipping or falling, but potentially life-changing or fatal injuries for the sake of participating in this inherently dangerous challenge.

    When injuries are not self-inflicted

    Those injured by slipping, falling or tripping as a result of someone else’s mistake or negligence should contact Accident Advice Helpline’S team on 0800 689 0500 for advice and assistance in claiming for slip, trip or fall injury compensation.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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