Thanks to specialised equipment and extensive, stringent safety measures, bungee jumping is now considered as relatively safe in comparison to other extreme sports. In spite of this, bungee jumping accidents can and will happen. Bungee jumping injuries may affect the jumper’s head, trunk or lower extremities and can vary significantly in severity.
Sporting accidents on holiday
Occasionally affecting tourists trying out this adrenalin-pumping sport for the first time, the most common injuries by bungee jumping incidents include damage to jumpers’ eyes. These injuries may affect the retina or the mucous lining covering the eyes (the conjunctiva) and are typically the result of increased blood pressure caused by blood flowing rapidly to the head during jumping. Haemorrhages may occur, but are rare, and as a rule, the impaired vision following such injuries is only temporary.
Injuries by faulty equipment
Injuries by defective equipment, unsuitable equipment or general disregard of safety guidelines may affect jumpers’ shoulders, backs or lower extremities, as well as their spines. Often the result of entanglement or impact, common trunk and lower extremity injuries include abrasions and dislocations, cutaneous anesthesia of the ankle, foot or leg’s lateral aspect and eversion and/or marked dorsiflection weakness of the foot.
Spinal bungee-related injuries
Spinal injuries are fortunately rare but these injuries can have serious long-term effects. Common accidental spinal injuries following bungee jumps include abrasions and trauma to the cervical spine; minimal oedema and/or neck ecchymosis following near-hanging; small facet fractures and cervical (especially C2 through to C7) damage.
Like injuries by tripping, slipping or falling, bungee injuries may entitle you to personal injury compensation if the incident causing your personal injury was the fault of someone else. In order to qualify for a claim of this nature, the injury must have been incurred during the past three years. Determining claim eligibility and claiming is made easier with the help of Accident Advice Helpline.
Almost 14 years of experience in securing compensation for people injured at work; on the road or in public places makes Accident Advice Helpline the perfect law firm to contact for assistance with compensation claims. Calls to the company’s 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 are free and strictly confidential. Highly skilled, Accident Advice Helpline’s experienced lawyers handle claim procedures predominantly over the phone and may even be able to obtain settlements without the need to attend court hearings.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice