Re-enactment is an exciting activity that nobody goes into without an awareness of risk, but if you’ve been seriously hurt whilst taking part, you may decide that you need re-enactment injury advice. Even risky activities should be properly run to reduce the risk of participants coming to harm. If this wasn’t the case, you may be owed compensation to help you cope with what has happened to you. Give us a call here at Accident Advice Helpline and we can help you figure out the best course of action.
Before you take part in re-enactment for the first time event organisers should make sure that you have the necessary experience to look after yourself. This normally means that you’ll be asked to confirm you’ve practised with a local group, you know how to handle your chosen weapon, you know what sort of blows to avoid making and you know how to defend yourself, as well as how to signal when something has gone wrong and you need help. It’s important that you’re honest in response to these questions as this could affect your eligibility for compensation if something goes wrong.
Just as they are responsible for checking up on you, event organisers should be checking other participants in the same way so that you can be confident that the people you are fighting alongside or against won’t do anything stupid.
In addition to this, there should be an element of predictability about re-enactment. You should be clear on where you are going to be positioned and what manoeuvres you will be taking part in. You should never be placed under pressure to do things you’re not confident about.
If something goes wrong
If you are hurt because things don’t go to plan, it may just be bad luck or it may be a result of the above rules not being followed. Usually the people who were fighting nearby will be able to help clarify this and you should take their details in case you later need witness statements from them. If an individual is to blame for breaking the rules, you may be able to sue that person for compensation, but you should be aware that this might mean being paid in instalments over time, unless they happen to be rich. If, on the other hand, the event organisers are at fault, they will usually have insurance that means you can get any money you’re entitled to more quickly.
What to do next
At Accident Advice Helpline we can usually provide immediate re-enactment injury advice, letting you know whether it will be possible for you to make a claim. If it is possible, we can offer to connect you with a solicitor who has the right experience to give you the best chance of success. All our solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis, so you won’t need to worry about big up-front fees. We’ll take care of the legal process and you can concentrate on getting well.
Date Published: October 28, 2014
Author: David Brown