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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

    Gymnastics horse accident claim


    Sometimes it’s difficult to work out when it’s appropriate to pursue a gymnastics horse accident claim. Performing or indeed simply practising on the pommel horse is physically demanding and it can be hard to establish the exact cause of an accident. Was it simply fatigue, or was it the result of lack of training? Was it a misjudgement on the part of the gymnast, or a fault in the equipment? Put questions like that together with the high degree of loyalty that can bind everyone involved in such a high-level sport, and it’s not surprising that injured gymnasts find themselves unsure about claiming compensation when they’ve been injured. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this.

    Gymnastics horse accident

    Given the nature of gymnastics horse routines, gymnasts can injure almost any part of their bodies – ankles, feet, wrists, shoulders and the head or back. Of course, the severity of these injuries varies, but anything serious enough to require medical attention is probably going to affect the gymnast in their day-to-day life, requiring rest and rehabilitation. The basic idea underlying personal injury law is that the person ultimately responsible for the accident and your injury has a responsibility to help you get back to the kind of life you were living before it happened – and for gymnasts hoping to resume their sport, a lot can be at stake.

    Injuries can remain as weak points long after they have technically healed, and the experience of an accident or injury can affect the mental aspects of performance as well as the physical ones. It isn’t disloyal to claim financial compensation for an accident that wasn’t your fault, as most parties have insurance to cover the costs. Meeting claims forces them to pay more attention to safety in the future.

    Personal injury law

    Fortunately, the law has very clear parameters for making personal injury claims. It requires anyone who caused a gymnastics horse accident through negligence or carelessness to accept responsibility and contribute to the costs incurred by the victim. This negligence might extend to sloppy maintenance, misplacement of equipment, poor manufacture or quality checks, using a lower grade of safety equipment than required or forcing gymnasts to compete without sufficient preparation.

    Claims process

    If you think that someone else was at fault for an accident that happened to you within the last three years, and it was serious enough for you to require medical attention, then it’s important to seek advice from an expert solicitor about the claims process. You can call our team of experts at Accident Advice Helpline on our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 180 4123 from a landline.

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    Any claim will need to be backed up by evidence of negligence or fault, which can range from film to photographs to written reports or testimonials. It’s also important to keep any medical reports from your doctor and any receipts related to expenses incurred through treatment. These expenses don’t have to be for treatment itself – they can include things related to the treatment, such as transport to and from clinics, food and drink while waiting in hospital and so on. All of our solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee basis – so call us now to get your claim for compensation started.

    Date Published: November 30, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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