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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

    Internet sensation accidents: Planking

    When planking first started, teens were content with lying on tables, the ground or other flat surfaces. Since then, a seemingly ever growing need to out-do one another has driven teenagers and adults to choose ever more dangerous locations.

    About planking

    Planking is basically about people lying face down, with their arms and hands touching the side of their bodies, in unusual, often inappropriate locations. Originally performed with the whole body supported by firm, stationary surfaces, it is now often practised with part of the body suspended in mid-air and even on moving vehicles.

    Examples of planking fails

    In May 2011, a 20 year old Australian died of fatal injuries by falling off the seventh-floor balcony he was planking on, while in July of the same year, a young man could have suffered potentially serious head injuries when he was catapulted head first off the golf cart he chose as his planking location. A girl attempting to plank between her kitchen sink and the cooker on the opposing wall in August 2011 narrowly escaped serious injuries by slipping off the top of the cooker, causing it to tip and nearly fall on top of her.

    Maryland teenagers

    Assured by their ‘bottom man’, a line backer (football), that he had the strength to hold five of them in position, a group of Maryland teenagers attempted to plank, stacked on top of each other, between two buildings. Unfortunately, the line backer was not as strong as he thought. Three of his friends sustained severe neck and head injuries, while he suffered a back injury by falling onto the pavement below.

    Madness gone viral

    The latest example of totally irresponsible planking was shown in a video featuring a group of motorcyclists planking at high speed on their motorbikes on a seemingly busy road. Posted in September 2014, this clip quickly went viral. The risk these bikers took not only affected them, but could easily have resulted in personal injuries to other road users.

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    Self-inflicted injuries vs genuine accidents

    Slip and fall injuries sustained while planking are obviously self-inflicted. Other slips, trips and falls are, however, often the result of someone’s negligence. If your injury by tripping, slipping or falling happened because someone was negligent, you may be able to claim for personal injury compensation. Discover more about public liability claims by visiting Accident Advice Helpline’s website or calling their freephone number.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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