Learning to climb on an indoor climbing wall is an amazing experience – not only are you in the safety of an indoor environment, you have an instructor on hand to help you and will usually be surrounded by other beginners in exactly the same situation as you. Climbing centres across the UK offer taster climbing sessions and classes for beginners which allow you to learn the basics of indoor climbing and usually provide equipment hire too, so you won’t need to fork out money on expensive climbing shoes before you find out if this is the extreme sport for you!
As with any extreme sport, climbing isn’t without its risks and although climbing indoors is somewhat safer than scaling a sheer rock face, you could be injured if the climbing centre you visit is negligent.
Have you been injured on an indoor climbing wall?
You could claim indoor climbing injury compensation if you’ve suffered injuries at a climbing centre. But what sort of accidents could happen? Here are a few examples of the most common accidents:
- Faulty harnesses coming loose or ropes breaking, leading to a fall from height
Hitting the wall due to a loose harness or rope
- Failing to get the proper training for climbing could lead to an accident
- Hooking up your rope incorrectly could lead to a fall
- Loose climbing holds on the wall could break, causing an injury
- Slipping or tripping on damaged flooring at the climbing centre could cause injuries
- You could suffer cuts and lacerations from faulty harnesses and equipment
It’s up to the climbing centre and instructors to keep you safe and if you’ve been injured as a result of their negligence, you could make a claim for indoor climbing injury compensation. The risks of indoor climbing should be minimal when safety procedures are followed, but failure to provide you with the training you need or maintain equipment to a safe standard could easily lead to an accident, on or off the climbing wall.
Who’s at fault?
The climbing centre and/or instructor could be held liable for your injuries if it turns out they could have done more to prevent your accident. Whether you have suffered a broken ankle after a fall from height or more serious injuries, such as a head injury, you could claim personal injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline. Just give our freephone helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and find out whether you’re eligible to make a claim – there’s a three-year time limit in place so it makes sense to call us as soon as possible after your accident.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton