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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The dangers of making stunt videos for YouTube views

    When it comes to making stunt videos for YouTube, there are numerous significant dangers to consider. Given the craze and obsession with “going viral”, it’s little surprise to see increasingly outlandish videos appearing online. Whilst these can be extremely entertaining, they can also be incredibly dangerous. When you’re pushing the limits of health and safety,….

    If you’re injured in a roller derby, can you claim?

    A roller derby can be a great time for socialising, listening to music and generally having fun. However, the mixture of high speed roller-blading and lots of people can mean that accidents such as slips, trips and falls can and do occur. If you’re injured in a roller derby can you make a claim? When….

    Vine accidents: How not to play golf

    While statistically one of the world’s safest sports, there is still a risk of being involved in an injury during a game of golf, like any other exercise activity. Being hit by a golf ball, for example, could result in a trip to the hospital, although the risk of being injured in a golf-related accident….

    Vine accidents: Rule 1: Learn how to cartwheel properly

    When it comes to gymnastics and other rigorous exercises, some people are naturally gifted with good genes. The best Olympic gymnasts, for example, must follow a very strict training schedule and diet in order to compete against the best the world has to offer. Some accidents can be caused by someone else Sometimes, we can….

    Internet sensation accidents: Subway Surfing (New York City)

    Perhaps inspired by the ‘Subway Surfers’ game, subway surfing in New York City and around the world has, thanks to clips of people ‘surfing’ on YouTube, Facebook and other social media networks, become a popular, but highly dangerous ‘game’. The dangers Consisting of people riding on top or clinging to the side of subway trains,….

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails 10

    The things people will do to get attention and out-do their friends when it comes to the ice bucket challenge never cease to amaze. In the clip shown below, a young woman sitting on a horse (bareback and in a swimsuit) proceeds to pour a bucket of cold water over herself. Not surprisingly, this not….

    Vine accidents: Chairs are for sitting on, not dancing!

    Being involved in accidents is what makes us human. We are all prone to making mistakes, but sometimes these mistakes can lead to serious injuries. For example, a typical chair is not designed to be stood on, neither is a standard table meant for dancing. A reputable injury law firm If you have suffered an….

    Vine accidents: Save the skating for Tony Hawk!

    From time to time, we all experience accidents from taking miscalculated risks. Most of the time, they don’t cause us any significant harm. However, some people are unlucky enough to fall through thin ice or experience a serious slip, trip or fall on tarmac and suffer a broken bone. Have you suffered an injury that….

    Internet sensation accidents: ‘Happy Slapping’

    ‘Happy slapping’ involves individuals or groups of people attacking unsuspecting victims and filming the attack to share on mobiles and social media networks. For victims, there is nothing happy about this craze, which is a form of bullying, even assault, and a criminal offence even if no-one is seriously injured by attacks. The evolution of….

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails 9

    Like many other ice bucket challenges, the one shown in the clip below had a rather unexpected, far from happy outcome. The young man taking the challenge realises just after being drenched that his mobile phone is still in his trouser pocket. When it fails to work, he throws it to the ground in a….

    Vine accidents: Showboating doesn’t always go to plan!

    Failing to pay attention during sports or exercise, and showboating or acting foolishly and ignoring obvious dangers, can put you at risk of being involved in a serious accident. Everyone experiences injuries from accidents that could have been avoided. However, sometimes these accidents may have been someone else’s fault. Have you been the victim of….

    Vine accidents: Automatic doors FAIL!

    Automatic doors are designed to make your daily life that little bit easier. They are particularly handy when you are carrying lots of shopping, as the doors will automatically open when you walk within their sensors, saving you the hassle of having to open them manually and struggle with all of your heavy items. Have….

    Internet sensation accidents: Punch 4 Punch

    Punch 4 Punch, or ‘trading blows’, involves two people taking turns in hitting each other until one of them either collapses or gives up and asks for this mindless violence to stop. The ‘rules’ Players are supposed to hit each other on the arm or shoulder, but many trade punches to the stomach or the….

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails 8

    ALS Ice bucket challenge clips seem to enjoy particular popularity when these actually quite dangerous challenges go wrong. Sadly, many viewers commenting on these clips, often stating how much they laughed at the ‘failing’ participant’s misfortune, fail to see how dangerous some of these fails really were. To laugh or not to laugh The clip….

    Internet sensation accidents: Train dodging

    Train dodging is a highly dangerous game played predominantly by thrill-seeking teenagers. It involves getting onto train lines, waiting for trains to come along and not moving until it is almost too late or dashing across train lines in front of oncoming trains. The risks The risks are clear: people could suffer serious, potentially fatal….

    Vine accidents: Trolleys are for groceries, not stunts!

    Without trolleys, a typical weekly grocery shop would be practically impossible. Gathering dozens of items in several baskets would be a living nightmare, and transporting all of your heavy shopping back to the car or bus would be even more terrifying. Trolleys must always be in good working order Trolleys can cause us significant stress….

    Vine accidents: Bowl surfing is unlikely to catch on!

    Sports and leisure pursuits, whether they consist of playing a game of football on a sunny Sunday afternoon or going for a bowling session with all your work colleagues on a rainy week night, are vital ingredients to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Exercising always involves a risk of accidents We all have to take risks….

    Internet sensation accidents: Cinnamon Challenge

    The so-called “Cinnamon Challenge” involves trying to swallow a teaspoon of ground cinnamon without the help of liquids within 60 seconds. Gag reflex Ingesting pure cinnamon invariably causes a gag reflex. Typically followed by at least some of the powder being inhaled, this is not only highly unpleasant and painful, but it also poses a….

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails 6

    The latest crazy internet challenge to make the rounds all over social media networks, the ice bucket challenge, is resulting in rapidly increasing numbers of personal injuries. Many of these accidental injuries are the direct result of trying to add twists to the challenge without proper thought or care. Tractor fail The challenge fail shown….

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails

    Ice bucket challenges appear to cause many injuries by slips, trips or falls, or by being hit by moving or falling objects. A clip shown below reveals how the ice bucket challenge taken by a man from Bunclody in County Wexford, Ireland took an unexpected, rather embarrassing turn. What happened in Bunclody?  Not content with emptying….

    Vine accidents: Karate and DIY definitely don’t mix!

    Sometimes it’s best to leave certain activities to the professionals, or avoid taking part in them unless we’re under the supervision of one. Karate, for example, is one of the most rewarding sports for physical and mental well-being, but there are risks of serious injuries like fractures or broken bones if you don’t follow the….

    Vine accidents: Tug of war can have bad consequences

    When a rope breaks during a tug of war incident, either the rope itself is not designed for this purpose or the teams are simply too strong to beat each other. While some sports-related injuries can be little more than minor bruises or small cuts, other injuries can be far more serious. Contact us if….

    Vine accidents: Leave cheerleading to the pros!

    Cheerleading can be an exciting, motivating activity, and a great way to keep in good shape. However, there is always a risk of routines going wrong and accidents occurring out of the blue. Sometimes, these incidents are simply the consequences of our own mistakes. Cheerleading requires plenty of practice To be an effective cheerleader and….

    Vine accidents: Parasailing requires training first!

    Parasailing is a popular recreational activity all over the world, and has been celebrated in international competitions for approximately 30 years. However, like all water-based sports or accidents at work, parasailing does involve some dangers of injuries from slips trips or falls, especially for people who are relatively new to it and haven’t had much….

    Internet sensation accidents: Planking

    When planking first started, teens were content with lying on tables, the ground or other flat surfaces. Since then, a seemingly ever growing need to out-do one another has driven teenagers and adults to choose ever more dangerous locations. About planking Planking is basically about people lying face down, with their arms and hands touching….

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails 5

    Every day, more people are being nominated for the ice bucket challenge, a dare-or-pay challenge designed to promote awareness for motor neurone diseases and ALS. Those not wishing to participate within 24 hours of being nominated are expected to make a donation to charity. Dangerous fun Sweeping across social media networks with increasing velocity, the….

    Vine accidents: Make sure you’re ready to use a punch bag!

    When used correctly, punch bags can be an excellent way to let off steam and burn a significant amount of calories. Instead of channelling all of your physical energy onto a real person and committing a criminal act, you can project it on to an object instead. Doing intense exercise can also help release tension….

    Vine accidents: Best dive fail ever!

    Water is the essence of our existence and can make us feel relaxed and at ease, whether it’s next to a river, at the seaside, or in a luxurious jacuzzi. However, water can also be a dangerous hazard in the wrong circumstances. If you have suffered a water-related injury in the last three years that….

    Internet sensation accidents: Tombstoning

    Practised around coastal areas for generations, the terrifying ‘sport’ of tombstoning has hit new heights of popularity thanks to the internet. Rapidly growing, the craze involves people, leaping into the sea or other bodies of water from cliffs, piers, bridges and other structures. Offering high-impact, high-risk experiences, tombstoning can have potentially life-threatening consequences. The dangers….

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails 4

    Meant to be for a good cause, namely raising both awareness of and funds for much needed research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, the popular ice bucket challenge should carry a serious health warning. Dangerous in itself, the challenge is also prone to causing injuries by slipping, tripping or falling objects. Why the challenge….

    Vine accidents: Being a ‘fruit ninja’ is not cool or clever!

    Well-rehearsed pranks and clever dares can be fun for a little while, but when they result in accidents and injuries, the joke quickly expires. We all have to take risks in order to live our daily lives, but when we experience an injury that was not our fault, we should be entitled to get the….

    Vine accidents: Be careful where you swim!

    Swimming is one of the most popular forms of exercise in existence. It tends to be somewhat more exciting than using a treadmill, and doesn’t feel as strenuous as jogging, despite the fact that it burns a similar amount of calories, unless you spend most of your time lounging on a float. Don’t become a….

    Internet sensation accidents: The Salt and Ice Challenge

    Popularised among kids and teenagers via YouTube and social media networks, salt and ice challenges are endurance tests. Participants place salt onto part of their body; press ice against it and endure the resulting pain as long as possible. Expert warning Warning kids of the potential dangers of this ‘game’, experts explained that because combining….

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails 3

    Sweeping the internet like a whirlwind, the ALS ice bucket challenge is taken by participants in an attempt to promote increased awareness of ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and raise funds not only for research into ALS, but also for motor neurone diseases and other charities. The process Participants agree to have someone throw icy….

    Vine accidents: Don’t run in the snow!

    There has, and always will be, a British obsession with the snow. It seldom lasts more than a few days and, for some, can make a refreshing change from the usual dampness and barren landscape of the British winter. Snow: A national fascination It is not just the beauty of snow that makes it so….

    Vine accidents: Wrecking ball vs. Moving car

    Designed to demolish large items like roofs, wrecking balls can be up to 5,400 kilograms in weight and are still widely used today. However, when operated incorrectly, these steel balls can be fatal and can cause severe damage to property. Industrial and workplace injuries can have devastating consequences Workplace accidents can have a profound impact….

    Internet sensation accidents: Biker roulette

    With nothing around them to provide some sort of ‘safety buffer’, bikers are exposed to the risk of far more serious injuries by motorcycling accidents than drivers or passengers inside cars, for example. Sadly, many bikers seem to be prepared to be seriously hurt, even killed by indulging in a new craze known as ‘biker….

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails 2

    Meant to increase awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and raise funds for essential research into this devastating illness, the ice bucket challenge took the Internet by storm this summer. The basic idea The challenge is based on participants having a bucket of iced water thrown at them. Having successfully undergone this ‘treatment’, they then….

    Vine accidents: Leave parkour to the experts!

    Originating from France, parkour has been an important training activity since the last 20th century and focuses on getting from one destination to another in the fastest, most efficient way by negotiating obstacles. Many people partake in parkour to show off their physical fitness or skills, often filming their adventures in order to post the….

    Vine accidents: Don’t text and walk

    It’s an undeniable fact: we have become so addicted to technology that we have begun to forget how to do basic tasks properly, like looking where you’re going while crossing the road or paying attention to the person next to you whom you are supposed to be having a conversation with. Texting is evident in….

    Internet sensation accidents: NekNomination

    Believed to have started as recently as the beginning of 2013 in Perth, Australia, NekNomination is an extremely dangerous, social media-driven drinking craze involving participants drinking potentially lethal concoctions of alcohol, bleach or other harmful substances and bodily fluids; filming their exploits, posting the clips on social media networks and then nominating others to do….

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails 1

    Started to raise funds for research into and promote awareness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the ice bucket challenge involves a nominated participant being filmed while having iced water poured over his or her head before nominating others to take it. Nominees have up to 24 hours to either participate or forfeit by making donations….

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