Sadly there are times when we have accidents and pick up injuries doing the things we enjoy. The United Kingdom has many wonderful sights and one of the best ways of viewing them is by hiking. This popular hobby can be strenuous and occasionally injuries can happen. One of the questions asked of Accident Advice Helpline in the past has been: “I was injured hiking – who do I claim against?”
The immediate answer is that anyone who has suffered a personal injury can claim compensation, with the proviso that he or she was not to blame for the incident. Crucially, there also needs to be another person or body to make the claim against.
Hiking can be a solitary or group activity, undertaken over all types of terrain. Mishaps can include trips and slips and even falling from a height. It is essential that anyone who participates in this hobby wears and takes the proper equipment. Stout hiking boots should be worn as well as the appropriate clothing. For reasons of safety, paths should be kept to, rather than wandering across rough terrain. If you take these sensible precautions, the chances of you suffering an injury is lessened.
If you do suffer a mishap, through no fault of your own while out hiking, the question will arise about whom you will make the claim against. This will be determined by the circumstances.
If you are a member of a hiking club and the route you took proved to be unsafe, resulting in the incident that led to your injury, you may have grounds for claiming compensation against the organisers.
If you were given equipment that proved to be faulty, or unsuitable, then you may also have grounds to make a claim against the organisers of the trek.
Even if you were using your own equipment, and it proved to be faulty or not fit for purpose, and you are injured, you may have the grounds to seek compensation from the shop that sold it to you, or the manufacturer.
One problem that occurs when seeking compensation is proving that you were not responsible for incident which led to your hiking injury. The hike organisers may claim that the equipment they gave you was suitable, or that you had wandered off the approved pathway when you suffered your injury. The shop or manufacturer who provided you with your equipment may also claim that it was suitable.
As these types of dispute can arise, it is always advisable to contact a solicitor when contemplating making a claim for compensation. Our team of expert lawyers, who are experienced in dealing with such cases, will be ready to assist you in your claim for the injury suffered while out hiking.
To consult us is free and if we believe you have a strong case for a claim, we can represent you as well.
At Accident Advice Helpline we will represent you on a no win, no fee* basis.That means you won’t owe us a penny in the event your claim is unsuccessful.
Date Published: October 3, 2013
Author: David Brown