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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can I claim for an injury in rhythmic gymnastics?


    It’s quite normal to feel uncertain about making a personal injury claim in the wake of an accident, but there’s no need to wait around for answers if the question you have is, “Can I claim for an injury in rhythmic gymnastics?” Fortunately the parameters for making a claim are very clear, although applying the law to specific cases can become more complicated.

    The criteria for submitting a personal injury claim

    An injury while performing rhythmic gymnastics warrants personal injury compensation if the cause of the injury was ultimately someone else’s negligence or legal fault. Sporting institutions, coaches and equipment manufacturers all have a responsibility towards the safety of the gymnasts, who give their best on the assumption that others are also striving for best practices.

    Safety is taken very seriously in this risky sport, and there are some stringent requirements in place regarding the use of safety equipment as well as an understanding of the need for adequate training and warm-up for the gymnasts. The law makes it clear that if negligence or irresponsibility causes injury to the gymnast, the party responsible should contribute to the direct costs of treatment and sometimes to related and indirect costs as well – like loss of earnings or quality of life.

    The accident that gave rise to your claim needs to have taken place within the last three years. However, sometimes very important exceptions come into play with this rule. If you’re a younger gymnast and were hurt before you turned eighteen, that three-year rule only applies from the date of your eighteenth birthday.

    Very occasionally, if the full impact of an injury only becomes clear years after the cause, exceptions to the three-year rule might also be made – though medical evidence would of course be necessary to back this up.

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    The injury also needs to be sufficiently serious that you received medical treatment for it, either straight away or later. Of course, in the case of a gymnast, it’s always best to get an injury checked out by a doctor as soon as possible anyway to guard against any knock-on effects later.

    The next step

    If your rhythmic gymnastics injury fits these three criteria, you’ll want to seek expert advice about making a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a dedicated personal injury law firm, and will always match you with a solicitor who already has experience filing your kind of claim, works on a no-win, no-fee basis, and can offer you advice about the outcome you should expect and what exactly to include in your claim.

    The basic rule of thumb for any claim is that the more evidence there is to back it up, the better. So your solicitor will help you work out what paperwork you should collect and keep, and – if applicable – will follow up with witnesses to your accident to obtain additional supporting testimonials.

    If you think you may have grounds for a claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline today. Call 0333 500 0992 from a mobile or call the free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline. Alternatively, text ‘claim365’ to 88010 and one of our trained advisers will call you back.

    Date Published: November 28, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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