Skate parks offer young people the opportunity to practise their skateboarding skills without the risk of getting hurt in traffic or causing personal injuries to pedestrians. Even in such parks, accidental injuries are fairly common, especially when skateboarders are attempting to master new skills. In particular, injuries by falling are fairly common. The inherent risks of this sport can be significantly added to by unkempt skate parks.
The dangers of unkempt skate parks
Poorly maintained, unkempt skate parks with potholes or other surface damages, litter and other debris strewn all over them present skaters with an array of additional slip, trip and fall hazards.
Common injuries in unkempt skate parks
Slips, trips and falls can result in many different injuries, including wrist and ankle sprains, broken limbs, cuts and bruises. Depending on the circumstances, a skater may also suffer more or less serious head, neck or back injuries as a result of a trip, slip or fall.
While skateboarders face the inherent dangers of their chosen pastime at their own risk, injuries by trips, slips or falls due to poor housekeeping at a skate park or a park being left to fall into a state of disrepair may entitle those injured to claim for compensation.
When to claim
Personal injury claims must be made within three years of the date the accident occurred. In cases where an injury is not linked to an accident until later on, a claim for personal injury compensation must be made within three years of the injury being linked to said accident.
In the case of children or teenagers under the age of 18 being injured at unkempt skate parks, claims may be made within three years of the child’s 18th birthday.
Evidence to gather
In either case, it is important to gather evidence that can support your claim. This evidence should be gathered as soon after the incident as possible and include:
- Witness statements
- Statements by attending medical personnel
- Photos of the scene of the accident, to show what caused it
- Photos of the injury and medical records documenting the type and extent of the injury, as well as any treatment and medication required to aid recovery
How to claim
Our skilled team here at Accident Advice Helpline has all the skill and experience necessary to successfully conduct a claim. Enlist our help by calling our helpline on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline today.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice