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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Group gymnastics accident claim


    The intention behind a group gymnastics accident claim is to restore some justice to an unnecessarily unfair situation. Accidents happen – we all know that. Sometimes, however, they’re the result of someone being careless or negligent even when they know they have a responsibility towards the safety of others. If someone gets hurt because of this, the responsible party shouldn’t just get away with it. They’ll take their duty of care much more seriously if they have to face up to the consequences of their actions or negligence and contribute towards the costs of their victim’s recovery.

    Gymnastics accidents

    Gymnastics accidents can be one-off occurrences – suddenly, you receive an injury through falling, tripping or colliding. You know something’s wrong and you get treatment right away. Others are more complex: a faulty training routine might lead to a nagging ache that, over time, begins to differentiate from natural fatigue and eventually flares up to chronic and debilitating pain. Gymnasts, because of the nature of their sport, are at risk for repetitive strain injuries that have a profile like this.

    Either way, the outcome of an injury is likely to be medical treatment and physiotherapy, together with a period of complete rest. Some gymnasts can go back to their sport, others find that the injury compromises their performance in the long term or inhibits them from doing gymnastics altogether. If your earnings or career prospects are damaged, that, too, might form part of your claim.

    Compensation

    Personal injury compensation, if you qualify for making a claim, can include both the direct and the indirect costs of your injury. Though National Health Service treatment is usually free, long waiting times sometimes mean that private treatment can be included in a claim. Of course, those invoices are just the beginning. Wherever you are treated, it’s likely that you’ll have to pay for transport or petrol to get there, food and drink while you wait for appointments and, perhaps, for help in your daily life while you rest and recover.

    Claims process

    Essentially, there are two parts to any claims process. The first is making sure that your claim is valid. This means checking that your accident was caused by someone’s culpable error or negligence, that it happened in the last three years, and that it was sufficiently serious to involve treatment by a doctor.

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    The second part is submitting the claim itself, with evidence (such as photos and witness statements) that supports your case and proof of the expenses you’ve incurred. This is where having an expert solicitor who specialises in personal injury law, as all our solicitors do at Accident Advice Helpline, is invaluable – you can be sure you’re including everything that’s necessary.

    Estimating your claim

    Try Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second compensation calculator to get an idea what your claim might be worth. If you want to get in touch and discuss the details of your potential group gymnastics accident claim, call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. We only work on a no win, no fee* basis, so you don’t need any money to begin a claim.

    Date Published: November 28, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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