If you need rowing injury advice, our highly trained team at Accident Advice Helpline can help. You can call our 24-hour helpline or use our online compensation form to get in touch, and we will get back to you promptly to discuss your situation. Usually we are able to let callers know straight away if it is legally possible for them to claim compensation, and often we can let them know roughly how much money is likely to be involved.
Depending on the type of rowing you do, there are a number of injuries you might suffer from. In team rowing, it is not unusual for people to accidentally hit each other with oars, which can do a lot of damage if the impact is on the head or on a joint such as the knee. Accidents often happen when people get in and out of boats, when attempts to recover balance lead to severely strained muscles or torn ligaments. Often it is safer just to fall in the water, though obviously there are situations where that is dangerous. Rowers can also end up with lasting injuries from drowning, such as brain damage caused by oxygen to the brain being cut off prior to resuscitation.
Alongside these injuries are more prosaic ones, such as straining caused by moving the oars in the wrong way (sometimes due to poor training) or simply rowing too hard for too long. If you are participating in an event and you start to feel that there is something wrong with your arms, but you are pressured to keep rowing anyway, you could potentially have a case against the person who put you under that pressure.
Finally, there are rowing injuries that occur during training on rowing machines. The owners of these machines should ensure that nobody has access to them without having been shown how to use them safely. If you were given the wrong advice, if you were not given this advice at all or if there is a fault with the machine, you could have a case for compensation.
What to do about it
If you are going to make a successful compensation claim in a case like this, you will need a good sports injury solicitor. Paying for this upfront can be expensive and used to mean that only people who already had a lot of money could claim money when they were injured. These days, the legal process is more universally accessible. As well as providing rowing injury advice, Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with a top sports solicitor who will work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This means that anyone with a legitimate case can enjoy first class representation and stand a good choice of winning compensation.
Compensation cannot solve all the problems rowing accidents cause but it can help a lot by reducing the financial pressure on you, giving you less to worry about, and it can fund practical provisions to make your life easier. It can also help you to draw a line under the accident and focus once again on the future. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation legal advice about making a claim.
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Date Published: October 16, 2014
Author: David Brown