Airsofting is a fast, furious sport, very similar to paintballing. Players carry replica firearms and try to eliminate each other from the game by shooting with plastic or other soft material pellets. The firearms are powered by high-pressured air, although the risks of injury tend to be relatively low.
The pellets are relatively harmless, and airsofting is usually played in an open arena like a wood or field. That said, accidents can happen, and you may be thinking ‘Can I claim for an accident when airsofting?’ If you are keen to pursue an accident claim, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out more.
What are the risks of airsofting?
The risks of airsofting tend to be low, as players mostly wear protective clothing and goggles to protect their eyes. The ammunition used is not designed to harm others, but merely to be felt so that someone knows when they have been eliminated from the game.
There are, however, some risks to bear in mind when airsofting. The first is that the ammunition can, by a freak accident, enter your ear or hit you in the eye if you are not wearing your goggles. Although this is rare, being hit in either your ear or eye at a particular angle could mean that you lose your hearing or eyesight, perhaps permanently. Although airsofting players are usually instructed before a game about these and other risks, lack of attention or intense competitiveness may result in carelessness at just the wrong moment.
Another risk is that another player could collide with you physically. Someone might lose their sense of proportion in the game and injure you by knocking you over, tripping you up, or otherwise causing you bodily harm. If not played responsibly, airsofting can become dangerously combative.
The environment in which you play can also be dangerous. There may be loose electrical wiring or equipment lying around, the ground may be unsteady or full of holes, tree branches may be rotten and suddenly collapse onto you, or there may be livestock or other animals roaming the area in which you are playing. If you were not told about such dangers in advance, you could have a strong case for making an accident claim.
How can Accident Advice Helpline help?
We can potentially help you by advising you on your eligibility to claim and, if you are eligible, by representing you in the legal process of making a claim. We employ personal injury lawyers, each of whom is dedicated to helping you gain the best compensation you deserve, on a no win, no fee basis.
Your airsofting accident may have left you with severe, even permanent injuries. We will do what we can to help you at least gain a sense of equilibrium on the financial level. A successful claim can give you a sense of closure regarding your accident, helping you to move on to the next stage in your life.
To contact us, call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: December 13, 2014