Introduced to the UK in the mid-1980s, paintballing is also known as war games, in which participants strike their opponents with gelatine balls filled with dye. This is typically fired using a paintball gun in rural locations such as large fields or woods.
The very nature of paintballing causes competitors to experience slips, trips and falls, but in some cases a range of accidents varying in severity can occur.
Common paintballing accidents
There is an array of potential paintballing accidents and injuries. To those who aren’t involved in the sport, it may seem like a violent activity, however, the latest report from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) suggests that the pursuit is one of the safer activities in the UK.
RoSPA have found the following sport-related accidents and injuries the most likely when paintballing:
- Impact injuries
- Over exertion/fatigue
Who is to blame for your paintballing accident?
When you take part in the sport, the paintballing company is responsible for your health and safety while you are participating.
If you feel that you have sustained an injury at the fault of the paintballing company – such as paintballing injury due to inadequate safety equipment/attire or unsatisfactory training – you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered.
It is important to remember, however, that paintballing does hurt and it isn’t an ‘injury-free activity’. It is likely that you will bruise from impact with the paintballs.
How to stay safe when paintballing
RoSPA provide top five tips for avoiding paintballing injuries and staying safe while game is in play:
- Check the club is a member of UKPSF
- Follow the rules laid down by the club
- Wear the provided safety equipment at all times while the game is in play
- Thicker clothes will reduce the risk of getting hurt by paintballs
- Wear sensible shoes fit for running around in an outdoor environment
Claiming compensation for your paintballing accident
Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in helping victims of sport-related personal injury recover the compensation that they are entitled to.
If you have been injured in a paintballing accident, that you believe it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to assist you in completing a personal injury claim.