You don’t need to know too much about the human body to realise that arterial dissection sounds like a serious condition to suffer from. You would be right too. When a dissection happens in an artery, it means the inner wall of the artery has been torn or otherwise damaged in some way. A number of things can lead to such a tear occurring, one of which is trauma.
Accident Advice Helpline’s staff recently heard of a case where a man suffered from arterial dissection as a result of taking part in a bungee experience on a beach. In his case it was the vertebral artery that was affected by the arterial dissection. He actually lost his eyesight and was kept in hospital for two days before being released. Thankfully his sight eventually came back. He took a case to court and was awarded compensation as a result of the injury, as the company involved was found by the judge to have been negligent.
Can an incident like this really lead to arterial dissection?
It can – and in this case it did. While most people who try bungee jumping are safe and incur no ill-effects from the experience, there is the potential for something to go wrong. Immense pressures are exerted on the body in any bungee jumping experience. For some this may potentially mean an injury occurs.
For an incident to warrant compensation, there must be proof that negligence was involved. For example someone may not have been properly warned about the jump or the rope may not have been the correct length.
Is it common for something like this to occur?
No – despite the dramatic nature of bungee jumping and the potential risks associated with it, most people will be perfectly safe when taking part in bungee jumping. However, there are never any guarantees.
Clearly there must be evidence of negligence that exists to determine that the provider of the experience did not adhere to all the required standards. Call Accident Advice Helpline on our free 24/7 enquiry line today to determine whether you can make a claim. Our number is 0800 689 0500 and it could be the first step towards speaking with a professional injury compensation lawyer. Our experienced advisors will ensure you can get the information and advice you have been looking for, so make that call to us today.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown