Serious injuries can result from gymnastics or athletics if equipment is not properly maintained or children are not adequately supervised. Taking part in gymnastics or athletics is often an important part of your child’s school curriculum, so it is important that you know they are safe. Equipment failure is one of the main reasons that injury occurs, and schools need to take steps to ensure that their pitches, gymnasium and equipment are in reasonable condition and are fit for use. If your child has been injured in a gymnastics accident at school, you may be eligible to claim compensation if it can be proved that negligence occurred.
Types of injuries sustained from gymnastic accidents
Accidents sustained during gym class or athletics training can range from minor to severe but could include:
- Falling from height
- Broken bones
- Head injury
- Spinal cord injury
It is important to establish the cause of the gymnastics injury – was it badly maintained or faulty equipment, poor coaching, inadequate facilities, a wet floor, uneven floor service or something else entirely? Whilst the school has a duty of care to keep your child safe, they also take some responsibility for their own safety. When using gymnastic equipment, children should be supervised at all times, and should also be shown how to use the equipment safely.
Claiming compensation for a gymnastic injury
If you are considering claiming compensation for an accident at your child’s school, it is important to be aware of the facts. Visiting the school to speak to the member of staff supervising your child when the accident occurred is vital, and keeping an open mind about who is to blame for the accident is also important, however difficult this may be. If your child’s school has been negligent, a personal injury lawyer will be able to gather evidence in support of your claim, so establishing the facts at this stage can help in the preparation of your case.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so if you’re unsure about your eligibility to claim or just need some answers to your questions, call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. We have successfully dealt with hundreds of claims relating to accidents at school, so don’t be afraid to ask us for advice. We come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion, Esther Rantzen, and we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers – we provide the very highest standards of customer service. Call us today and see how we can help you.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown