Often people find themselves rather confused about personal injury law and its purpose, especially in specific situations, like if they are questioning whether they can claim for an accident performing floor gymnastics, yet the principle behind it is quite simple. With the right adviser it should be easy to get answers for any questions you have about a claim for an accident performing floor gymnastics.
The rules for making a claim
Firstly, the injury you received in your accident when performing floor gymnastics must be the result of someone else’s failure of responsibility or negligence. If a coach, an event host, a manufacturer or a maintenance team has failed to fulfil their duty of care for your safety and you’ve been hurt as a result, it’s clear that they rightly owe you compensation. They should follow correct training procedures and use the right grade of equipment and safety gear. Given the inherent risks of gymnastics, it’s all the more important that responsible parties follow safety guidelines.
Secondly, your injury must be serious enough to require medical attention.
Thirdly, the accident needs to have taken place in the last three years. With some injuries, people don’t make a claim immediately because they’re not aware that this course of action is open to them, or because they don’t feel the full impact of their injury until later on – often the case with the repetitive injuries to which gymnasts are especially prone. There is an exception to the three-year rule that applies to younger gymnasts. If the accident took place before you turned 18, then the three-year rule applies only from the date that you came of age, your 18th birthday.
Any claim you put forward will be strengthened by evidence showing that your case satisfies these three criteria. We’d always recommend keeping any film or photography related to your accident (or your training for it, if this applies). If you can, get the names and addresses of any witnesses to your accident, so your solicitor can get in touch with them later if necessary. Keep any receipts and invoices to do with your treatment, even if they’re just for small, related things, like transport to and from appointments, or food and drink if there’s an unexpected wait.
The next step is seeking expert legal advice to confirm your case is valid and to begin on the process of making a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a dedicated personal injury law firm that processes thousands of cases each year. We match our clients with one of our solicitors experienced in their type of injury, so you benefit from their knowledge of what can be included in a claim. You can get in touch using our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 180 4123 to speak with our trained advisers.
There’s a final question that holds many people back – “Do I need money to begin a claim?” At Accident Advice Helpline, you don’t. We work on a no win, no fee basis, so you can begin a claim with financial peace of mind and avoid money worries while you concentrate on recovery.
Date Published: November 28, 2014
Author: David Brown