It’s important to understand the full purpose of a gymnastics floor accident claim in order to make the legal process as smooth as possible and to obtain the amount of compensation that you are due. If you’ve had an accident while training or performing and you know that someone else was responsible for the accident, perhaps through negligence, or failure to follow proper procedure or adhere to the sport’s stringent safety standards, then you may have a legal right to personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can guide you through the entire legal process.
Gymnastics floor accidents
Injuries can have far-reaching effects on those who suffer them. In the case of gymnasts, it’s the lower limbs that are most susceptible to injury, followed by the back, torso, neck and upper limbs. There are two basic types of injury that can result from gymnastics floor accidents – acute injuries that obviously need immediate attention, and repetitive injuries where the impact isn’t clear at first and develops over time. Either type of injury can spell the end of a gymnast’s career, although in many cases, treatment and physiotherapy enables the gymnast to return to sport sooner or later.
Personal injury law
The intention of personal injury law is quite clear – the person responsible for your injury has a responsibility to help you reclaim the life and capacities you had before the accident happened. You shouldn’t suffer twice over through having to meet all the costs related to your treatment unaided. Neither should you go without compensation for any loss of earnings.
A personal injury claim can include all these elements and place responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the party responsible for your injury. Sometimes people are reluctant to file a claim because they don’t want to cause difficulties for a coach or institution they’re loyal to, not realising that they probably have an insurance policy in place to cover any potential claims.
The rules governing accident claims
You should be able to make a claim if you have evidence that your injury fits three essential criteria. The first, as detailed above, is that the accident must be traceable to someone else’s negligence or fault. It must also have taken place within the last three years and have been serious enough that you received medical attention.
Evidence to support a gymnastics floor accident claim might include film or photography of the floor routine, the equipment, training sessions and the site where the accident took place. Names and contact details of witnesses are almost always valuable. It’s essential to keep copies of any medical reports, as well as receipts and invoices for treatment and the little costs associated with it – like transport, food and drink and so on.
Accident Advice Helpline
At Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll be happy to discuss your potential claim with you and offer our expert legal services for the road that might lie ahead. We only deal with personal injury claims and work solely on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis – so you don’t need money to begin a claim. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to speak with one of our trained advisers.
Date Published: November 19, 2014
Author: David Brown