At Accident Advice Helpline we provide a free information service to people considering many different types of compensation claim, and if you’re thinking of bringing a climbing accident claim, we can help. We find that some people hesitate to bring claims related to risky activities because they feel any injuries were essentially their own fault for engaging in those activities in the first place. This is not how the law sees things, however, and if you think about it, the law makes sense. When you go climbing, you take on a measured risk.
Even if you are free climbing, you will usually think carefully about what you are climbing, and weather conditions, and so on, before you begin. If other people are involved in your climb, you trust them to do certain things for you that minimise the risk, and if you are injured because they fail to do their duty, it’s quite reasonable that you should expect compensation.
Types of climbing accident claim
Most people don’t want to seek compensation from their friends, though if those friends are insured then it might be possible to do it amicably and without causing them problems. In many cases, however, organisations are involved in supervising climbing activity, whether it’s outside on an adventure holiday or indoors on a climbing wall. Those organisations have a special duty to people climbing with them, and if you are injured due to their negligence, you have a right to compensation.
The duties that others might have towards you as a climber go further than simply making sure ropes are secure. They may include making sure that you have the right equipment and that you have received adequate training in how to use it. Even if you are climbing by yourself, faulty equipment, or equipment that comes with problematic instructions, could be good reason to make a claim, in which case the manufacturer or retailer of that equipment would normally be the responsible party.
How to begin a claim
Making a successful compensation claim usually depends upon having a good solicitor. If you decide that you want us to assist you at Accident Advice Helpline, we will choose a solicitor on our team who has dealt with similar claims in the past. This will give you the best possible chance of success. If we don’t have a suitable person in your area, we’ll offer to put you in touch with someone further afield and we’ll set things up so you can keep in touch by phone. We realise that climbing accident injuries may make it difficult for you to get out and about anyway.
We only take on claims on a no win, no fee* basis. This means that you won’t need to have money already in order to begin your claim and it gives us an extra reason to work hard for you, as we won’t get paid if you lose. You can count on us to do everything in our power to get you a good compensation settlement.