Gymnastics might seem relatively safe as an indoor sport that doesn’t involve people charging at each other, so sometimes people are surprised when we tell them how often we are contacted by people seeking gymnastics injury advice. As a law firm which specialises in compensation claims, we at Accident Advice Helpline are happy to provide free, no-obligation legal advice to callers about whether or not they could make claims and how much those claims might be worth. We know that compensation can make a big difference by funding the support people need to recover from injuries, and by making up for financial losses they might suffer in the meantime.
Typical gymnastics injuries
The most common types of gymnastics injury we are told about are as follows:
- Strained muscles and torn ligaments from placing excess stress on the body.
- Impact damage from falling or from colliding with pieces of equipment in the wrong way.
- Injuries caused by faulty equipment.
The law does not make it possible to get help if you have simply been unlucky or if your accident happened entirely due to your own carelessness, but in cases like that you may still be eligible for some state benefits if the effect on your life is severe. If, however, your accident was the fault of another person or an organisation, you could have the right to claim compensation from them (usually paid by their insurer) to help you recover. This could apply in situations where, for instance, a trainer pressured you into doing something you were not ready for, a piece of equipment broke or a slippery floor meant that you skidded and lost control of your movements.
Claiming for gymnastics injuries
For a compensation claim to be possible, you will need to have been treated by a doctor soon after your accident. If you are an adult, you will need to make your claim within three years. However, if it is a child who has been injured, a parent or guardian can make a claim on their behalf at any time before their 18th birthday.
If you had an accident as a child and nobody sought compensation on your behalf, you can make a claim in your own right between the ages of 18 and 21. This could involve, for instance, seeking help to deal with a lasting physical disability or lasting emotional trauma, or to help you catch up on a disrupted education.
How to claim
If you are considering making a claim then contact us for gymnastics injury advice. If you are eligible and you would like to pursue a claim with us, we will introduce you to one of our expert sports injury solicitors, who will talk through what happened with you. This can be done by phone or email and if possible, we will arrange things so that you do not have to travel at all. We use a no win, no fee* system so you will not need to be rich to take action. We will do all the complicated work and give you the best possible chance of a successful outcome.