Laser tag is played by hundreds of people every week. It has several advantages over paintballing – a similar experience in some ways. For example no paint is used so there is no actual physical contact made even when someone is ‘hit’ by the laser.
It may also take place inside arenas indoors that are built specially for the sport, as well as other venues that are outside.
As such there are lots of benefits to trying laser tag if you like this sort of game. It is rare to have accidents playing laser tag but occasionally they do happen. In some cases they might occur through a simple error on the part of the person who takes a tumble. However in other cases they may be due to negligence.
How might negligence lead to accidents playing laser tag?
This could potentially happen if the operator of the venue does not follow all safety rules and procedures before allowing people to play at the venue. This holds true both for indoor and outdoor venues.
For example, they may not bother with a risk assessment, or else they may do an assessment and not worry about dealing with some of the hazards that crop up during that assessment. There could also be situations where the proper equipment is not provided, or the venue is not fit for the purpose it is being used for.
How common are injuries caused in this way?
We should be clear that few injuries will be caused by negligence when people are playing laser tag. It is far more common for people to be injured through their own actions, such as by running too fast or not looking where they are going for instance.
However in some cases negligence could be behind an accident that occurs while someone is playing laser tag. While serious incidents are rare there could be a life-changing accident that potentially happens to someone in this situation.
Have you been involved in something similar within the last three years? If you have it might be an idea to contact Accident Advice Helpline.
We have experience in dealing with all kinds of compensation claims and we may be able to steer you through the claims process too. Call us on 0800 689 0500 now to learn whether you could start a no win, no fee claim very soon.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen