The introduction of the Wii and its motion-sensitive remote has made it possible for young and old gamers to participate in a wide range of physical activities (including, among many others, boxing, bowling and tennis) without leaving the comfort of their home. Injuries caused by Wii remotes have become a common sight in accident and emergency departments with minor and severe injuries being caused.
Injuries caused by Wii remotes
Some of the most common injuries caused by Wii remotes include:
- Muscle sprains and tears
- Slip and trip injuries
- Injuries by flailing limbs
- Injuries by airborne remotes
- Repetitive strain injuries, including tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome, for instance
Occasionally, Wiis and their remotes also cause injuries by electrocution or fire. Flickering images and patterns on screens have also been known to cause seizures, even in people who do not suffer from epilepsy.
Many of the injuries caused by Wii remotes can and should be prevented by users by:
- Ensuring they have plenty of room to play to prevent slips, trips and injuries by flailing limbs
- Not exceeding their own abilities (attempting to achieve too much too soon can easily cause muscle sprains and tears)
- Taking regular breaks to prevent repetitive strain injuries
Other injuries, however, may not be preventable this easily.
No fault injuries
While much has been done to make the straps used to attach Wii remotes to users’ wrists more secure, accidents caused by remotes detaching themselves from wrists and becoming airborne can and do still occur. Faulty remotes may also cause injuries by electrocution. If you were injured by a Wii remote through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Depending on the nature of the fault/defect that caused your Wii-related injury, liability may lie either with the retailer or with the manufacturer of the device. We, Accident Advice Helpline, can draw on more than 15 years’ worth of experience as a law firm specialising in injury claims to help you establish quickly who is liable for your accidental injury.
Advice and support
We can also provide you with a wealth of helpful advice, support you throughout the process of claiming and bring your claim to a quick conclusion. To take advantage of our experience and secure the assistance of an in-house solicitor specialising in your type of claim, have an obligation-free, confidential chat with one of our freephone helpline advisors on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (respective numbers for calling from your UK landline or mobile) today.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice