At some stage during treatment and recovery for an injury received during this part of their routine, gymnasts may find themselves asking the question, ‘Can I claim for an accident on the vault?’
Sometimes people who dismissed the idea of making a claim at first find that they change their minds as the full impact of their accident becomes clear – or if they come to realise that their accident was a result of faulty equipment or failure to follow safety procedures.
Although, given that these accidents are often severe, it is possible to claim compensation for an accident on the vault if it took place in the last three years, if the injury required medical attention and if the accident was a consequence of someone else’s fault or negligence. Accident Advice Helpline can help with any compensation claims.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline was set up in 2000 to provide legal advice and representation for victims of personal injury. Our solicitors, unlike those in local firms who undertake many different kinds of legal work, focus solely on personal injury and work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Because of this, we have built up a wealth of expertise and experience for the benefit of our clients. If you would like to get in touch, call our free, 24-hour helpline any time on 0800 689 0500 from your landline.Open Claim Calculator
Alternatively, text ‘claim365’ to 88010 and we’ll call you back to discuss your injury and advise you on any eligible claim you might want to pursue.
You’re probably aware already just how damaging accidents on the vault can be. They can put you out of action for a season, make daily life painful and difficult for a period of time, involve extensive physiotherapy, or put a stop to your career altogether. As in the cases of Julissa Gomez and Sang Lan, they can even result in paralysis.
Yet because of the lessons learned through such tragedies, it’s doubly important that everyone involved in the sport – from coaches to gymnasts and manufacturers to site maintenance teams – acts responsibly in their role and upholds the safety procedures and standards that are in place.
For example, the vaulting table needs to be stable and set to the correct height, U-shaped springboard mats are mandatory and safety collars should be provided for gymnasts doing the difficult Yurchenko vault. Gymnastic routines are already risky and full of contingencies – there’s no room for adding to gymnasts’ vulnerability through human error or negligence.
Making a claim
If you want to pursue a claim and contact Accident Advice Helpline, one of our trained advisors will speak with you about the details of your accident and whether or not it fulfills the eligibility criteria.
If it does and you wish to pursue it, they’ll be able to advise you on the process of collecting evidence, medical reports, calculations of loss of earnings and receipts to support expense claims.
Fortunately, vaulting is often filmed in order to help coaches and judges – this kind of evidence can be very helpful in establishing or demonstrating that someone else was at fault for the accident.