If you are the victim of a ballet accident that was not your fault, it is imperative that you seek proper help and support in the form of ballet accident counselling.
What is a ballet accident?
There is whole range of injuries that can be sustained whilst performing ballet – from nasty slips and trips to sprains and even serious breaks in more severe accidents. It is important to remember that ballet is an intensive discipline, one that involves almost the entire body, making it a risky activity if not performed safely.
If the necessary equipment is not properly cared for, and the right health and safety guidelines are not put in place, ballet can be a hazardous activity. It is not just the potential for physical damage that is an issue either, as psychological side effects can be another result of a traumatic ballet accident.
What steps do I need to take?
If you are the victim of a ballet injury that occurred within the last three years and was no fault of your own, you may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation. You may also be eligible for professional ballet accident counselling.
This is a medical service, primarily designed to confront any psychological fears or issues which have arisen because of the injury, for example, a fear of returning to the location of the accident, or a fear of practicing ballet itself. For dance teachers, this kind of trauma can be devastating – particularly as it has a serious impact on both lifestyle and income.
How much will counselling cost?
The NHS offers counselling services free but, in some cases, it may be deemed necessary to seek treatment from a private clinic. There are several reasons why you might decide to opt for private care – you may believe that the treatment is much better, or perhaps you are just unwilling to wait for an appointment with an NHS professional.
If you do decide to go private, it is difficult to predict how much your care will cost as fees vary from clinic to clinic. Whilst Accident Advice Helpline cannot directly contribute to the cost of ballet accident counselling, your solicitor can seek cover for medical bills. This will be included as a part of your original claim.
How can I make a claim?
You cannot file a claim for compensation if your injury was the result of an accident that was your fault. If you failed to adhere to clear safety warnings or signals, or refused to use the right equipment and were hurt as a result, your claim would be invalid.
However, if you were injured at the hands of poorly maintained or damaged equipment, an unsafe environment or inadequate instruction, this may constitute a breach of care on the part of a negligent individual or organisation.
If you have received, or are due to receive, counselling from a private clinic, and would like help recovering a portion of the costs, call one of our friendly advisers direct today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: November 15, 2014
Author: David Brown