If you’re wondering if you can claim for an accident performing artistic gymnastics, you’ll find it helpful to think through the rules and the process for making such a claim. While personal injury law is based on a set of three simple principles, there are some exceptions to the rules; Accident Advice Helpline can help you to understand the rules and the various exceptions.
If you do make a claim for an accident when performing artistic gymnastics, you’ll probably do so under the provisions of personal injury law. This stipulates that any claim for compensation must satisfy three criteria.
First, the cause of your accident should have been the result of someone else’s negligence or failure to exercise their duty of care. This is based on the idea that coaches, sporting institutions and manufacturers all bear some legal responsibility towards their charges or customers: they shouldn’t add yet more risk to a sport that’s inherently risky in the first place.
Second, the injury you received must be serious enough to have needed medical attention. Sometimes, of course, people receive an injury and only go for treatment later, as they don’t feel the full effects immediately. This shouldn’t be a problem, so long as there’s medical evidence to show that the accident was the cause for the damage done to you. Repetitive injuries are often like this, and in some cases, are brought on by a culpable disregard for proper training procedures.
Third, the accident needs to have taken place within the last three years. However, there’s a little additional complexity. If you were under 18 when the accident happened the three-year rule is adjusted so that it only kicks in when you reach your majority, on the date of your 18th birthday.
Any claim for compensation should be supported by evidence. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’d always recommend keeping any film or video of the accident itself and, if relevant, of your training routines. Photos of faulty equipment that caused the accident are invaluable, as are pictures taken of the injury itself. If possible, get a list of names and contact details for any witnesses so one of our expert solicitors can obtain statements from them later if it’s appropriate.
The bulk of any claim for compensation is probably going to be the cost of treatment and any necessary physiotherapy or counselling aimed at restoring your physical and mental health, so keep all your invoices for these, together with receipts for any associated costs, such as transport. If you’ve lost out on earnings, this, too, might form part of a claim, so paperwork that demonstrates your case for this is helpful.
Accident Advice Helpline operates a 24-hour helpline you can use to get in touch with one of our trained advisers. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. If you’re unsure about proceeding, they’ll be able to help you work out if you have a case, and if you’re certain you want to go ahead, they can put you in touch with one of our trained solicitors, working on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: November 28, 2014
Author: David Brown