Rock climbing is a great way to test yourself, and build strength and power. Rock climbing is a fun, exhilarating activity, but it’s also dangerous. Even the most experienced climbers can come unstuck, so it’s essential to bear safety tips in mind. Although climbing is an inherently dangerous sport and individuals are usually responsible for their own safety, it is possible for rock climbing accidents to occur as a result of negligence. If you’ve been injured while rock climbing and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a personal injury claim.
Examples of rock climbing accidents
Most commonly, rock climbing accidents involve falls. If you lose your footing, or you can’t find a suitable place to rest your hands or feet, you may become unstable, and this may cause you to fall. You may also slip if the rock face is wet.
The injuries you may sustain as a result of rock climbing accidents can range from cuts and bruises to potentially fatal internal injuries, head and spinal injuries. Some rock climbing accidents are minor, but there is a risk of serious injuries due to the nature of the activity. When you combine heights with sheer faces, there’s always a risk that things can go wrong.
What causes rock climbing accidents and who is liable?
Falls are by far the most common climbing accidents, and they usually occur as a result of a personal error. It can be very easy to lose your balance. In some cases, it is possible to have an accident as a result of using defective equipment. If you’re going rock climbing alone, you should always bear the risks in mind. Use suitable safety equipment and assess the environment beforehand. If you’re climbing in the great outdoors, check the weather forecast, and avoid trying to scale rock faces if adverse weather is on its way. If you’re taking part in an organised tour or a lesson, you should be provided with the gear you need before you start your climb. You may also have arranged tuition, in which case, this should also be provided before you climb independently.
In most cases, the climber will be liable for their injuries. However, if you’ve been injured due to poor instruction, a lack of supervision or faulty safety equipment, you have a right to claim compensation for a rock climbing accident. If the incident happened in the last 3 years and you want to make a no-win, no-fee* claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: March 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice