When accidents take place in the context of a team or competition, victims may find themselves asking this question, ‘Can I claim for an accident on the horse in gymnastics?’ Sometimes they’re not sure whether making a claim might damage the team’s standing, or lead to financial difficulties for the sport they love. The loyalty that inspired their performance in the first place can prove to be an obstacle when it comes to claiming compensation for the negative consequences of an accident. However, on both counts you do not need to hesitate – Accident Advice Helpline is here to help.
Sporting institutions and manufacturers usually take out an insurance policy to cover the cost of any claims. Also, facing up to the costs and consequences of carelessness over safety forces people to improve their standards, decreasing the likelihood of injury to other gymnasts in the future. Sometimes it even leads to the equipment itself being changed or redesigned to decrease the inherent risk of injury in the sport.
Criteria for personal injury claims
Any personal injury claims have to meet three criteria in order to be valid. Firstly, the accident on the horse in gymnastics in which the claimant was injured must have been the result of someone else’s fault or negligence. Perhaps safety checks were omitted, or the safety equipment was not up to code. Maybe the accident happened because someone created a dangerous distraction during your routine or forced you to go into it without proper preparation.
Secondly, the injury must have been serious enough to warrant medical attention, either immediately or later on if the effects of the injury were delayed.
Thirdly, the accident must have happened within the last three years. There’s an important exception to the rule, however. If it took place before you turned eighteen, the three year limit begins at your eighteenth birthday. Occasionally exceptions are made if the effects of an accident only become clear much later, although this needs to be medically proven.
The law seeks to uphold your rights as an individual and ensure that you don’t end up suffering all the adverse and on-going consequences of an accident that wasn’t your fault.
If you think your accident meets these three criteria, the next step is to seek expert legal advice. At Accident Advice Helpline, you can call us on 0333 500 0992 from a mobile or we operate a free, 24-hour helpline which you can call any time on 0800 180 4123 from a landline. Our trained advisors are on hand to discuss your accident with you. If it’s eligible and you want to pursue it, we’ll put you in touch with one of our expert solicitors to talk further about the process of making your claim, and submit supporting evidence and providing documentation of all your expenses. Since our solicitors work only in the field of personal injury law on a no-win, no-fee basis, they know the details of the process inside out. They’ll have plenty of tips and information to help you include all that’s necessary in your claim.
Date Published: November 28, 2014
Author: David Brown