The purpose of any artistic gymnastics accident claim that you make as a result of being injured is to hold the person or organisation that caused the accident responsible for the consequences. Coaches, institutions, manufacturers, maintenance teams and so on all have a legal duty of care towards their charges and customers, which personal injury law seeks to uphold and enforce. Normally, they have insurance policies that cover them when claims are put forward.
What does a claim cover?
The compensation from an artistic gymnastics accident claim is intended to cover or contribute towards the cost of getting you, the gymnast, back to the same state you were in before the accident happened. Even the less serious injuries, like sprains and strains, can result in longer-term damage or weakness, making full recovery a challenge.
The central element of a claim is usually medical treatment for the injury and the costs associated with it, such as transport to and from the hospital, as well as food and drink during long waiting periods and so on.
Yet accidents can have many other negative effects on people. If, for example, you’re a professional gymnast, an injury might affect your career prospects and your earning capacity. Even injuries that heal can remain as weak points that have a long-lasting impact on your physical performance.
Sometimes, the distress of an accident has a detrimental effect on a person’s mental health and well-being, leading to anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia or depression. Even if a doctor recommends therapy, National Health Service waiting times lead many people to seek private treatment. As a gymnast, you’re aware of how important mental acuity is to your routine and you know how important it is not to delay in finding help. If medically necessary, the costs of going private may be included in your claim for compensation.
What else do I need to know?
In addition to someone else being culpable for an accident that left you in need of medical treatment, you must have received your injury within the last three years, unless you were under 18 when it took place.
Any claim you do make will always be strengthened by evidence relating to the accident itself and the expenses you’ve incurred as a result. At Accident Advice Helpline we always recommend keeping any photos related to your accident or to its cause, making a list of witnesses (and their contact details if possible), as well as keeping all receipts and invoices for expenses that have something to do with your medical treatment or therapy.
How do I know what my claim is worth?
For a basic estimate, try our quick online compensation calculator. This, of course, is just an estimate, and individual cases vary. At Accident Advice Helpline, our solicitors work exclusively in the field of personal injury law and they will be able to give you a more accurate prediction. Just call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak with one of our trained advisers. We only work on a no win, no fee basis, so there won’t be any upfront charges.