Believed to have started as recently as the beginning of 2013 in Perth, Australia, NekNomination is an extremely dangerous, social media-driven drinking craze involving participants drinking potentially lethal concoctions of alcohol, bleach or other harmful substances and bodily fluids; filming their exploits, posting the clips on social media networks and then nominating others to do the same.
The dangers of this practice
The risks involved in NekNomination, which is practised especially by young people and has even spread to children as young as nine or 10 years old, were described by police as catastrophic and include:
- Acute alcohol poisoning
- Poisoning by toxic substances
- Slips, trips and falls while drunk
- Motoring accidents caused by intoxicated drivers
Alcohol poisoning and consumption of toxic substances can cause anything from minor stomach upsets to comas and death, while injuries by car accidents and slip, trip or fall injuries can range anywhere between minor cuts and bruises to life-changing and fatal injuries.
Legal and financial consequences
Following a series of high-profile incidents linked to this Internet craze resulting in deaths, people no longer have the option to claim that they are unaware of the potential risks of NekNomination. According to lawyers, participants who dare others to get involved could subsequently end up facing manslaughter charges if those they nominated are killed. What’s more, families who have lost a loved one or individuals injured by accidents caused by participants may be eligible to claim personal injury compensation. The financial implications for those liable to pay this compensation could be devastating.
Making a claim
If a member of your family was killed, or if you sustained a personal injury in an accident caused by a participant, call Accident Advice Helpline for obligation-free advice on how to claim for compensation. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the helpline is free and manned by friendly, helpful advisors with years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims.
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Specialising in compensation claims for injuries sustained in road traffic accidents or accidents at work; through slips, falls and trips or medical negligence, and more since the year 2000, Accident Advice Helpline is one of the compensation industry’s most established law firms. The company offers the services of its nationwide legal team under conditional fee agreements.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice