If you’ve been injured or left traumatised by something that went wrong when you were re-staging a battle, you may need to make a re-enactment accident claim. This can help you to get practical support to aid in your recovery and help you cope with any long-term problems. Accident Advice Helpline is highly experienced in compensation law and can give you preliminary advice about your situation completely free of charge. Just call our friendly staff to discuss what happened.
Anyone getting involved with re-enactment knows it entails risks, but serious accidents are thankfully rare. This is because of the cooperative approach most people take to it and the clear codes of conduct that discourage dangerous behaviour. If you have had to deal with someone breaching those codes, or if the organisers of the event you were at failed to make sure everyone was aware of them, you could be eligible for compensation for injuries you have suffered as a result.
Some people hesitate to make a re-enactment accident claim because they don’t want to cause problems for the re-enactment community. In fact, re-enactment events are required to meet health and safety rules and should have insurance policies that will cover any damages awarded against them. This also helps victims because it means that, though those companies will often haggle, once they do pay out you will usually be able to get all your money in one go – important if, for instance, you need to spend some of it on equipment to help you cope with a lasting disability.
Making a claim can also be helpful in some cases by drawing attention to irresponsible individuals and organisations involved in re-enactment, reducing the chance of other people being injured.
How to claim
You will only be able to claim for a re-enactment injury if you have medical evidence. This means you will need to have seen a doctor soon after being injured, and not just an on-site first-aider (though it may still be useful to get a statement from someone in that position). You’ll also need to make your claim less than three years after the accident occurred. Generally speaking, it’s best to start early so that you have a better chance of finding witnesses with clear memories of what happened. If anyone was filming the event you should also try to track them down to secure evidence.
If you decide to claim with Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll find you a solicitor familiar with the world of re-enactment who can collect evidence and present your case. All our solicitors are happy to work by phone or email if it’s easier for you, so you won’t have to worry if you’re facing difficulties in getting around. You may not even have to attend court. What’s more, our no win, no fee* system can substantially reduce the financial risks of claiming.
We deal with serious accidents all the time and know how distressing they can be. Our aim is to take the extra burden of claiming off your shoulders and, in the process, give you the best possible chance of success.