When accidents happen at the top level of the sport, they’re all too often paralysing, or even fatal – so it’s not surprising that gymnasts at any level can find themselves in need of vault accident advice. Performing and practising on the vault tests the power, speed, agility and control of a gymnast to the limit. A vault accident can have terrible repercussions on a gymnast’s mobility, wellbeing, or career. Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with the guidance you need following a gymnastics accident.
With risks as high as these, it’s no wonder that the organisations that teach, coach or host gymnastics events, or supply and maintain gym equipment, are required to pay great attention to safety. As a gymnast, you’ll already be aware that it’s a risky sport and that sometimes accidents are just that – the result of a lapse in your own concentration or the onset of sudden fatigue.
Nonetheless, as you might know from your own accident, it isn’t always the gymnast who is at fault. In activities like vaulting; the equipment is an essential element of the performance, from the springboard to the vaulting horse, down to the landing mat. Gymnasts need to have complete confidence in their equipment, and if someone else’s error means that confidence is lost, it’s the gymnast who (sometimes literally) gets it in the neck. At the 2000 Olympic Games for example, the height of the horse was set too low for the men’s vaulting competition and gymnasts trained to expect a particular hand placement repeatedly smashed into the front end of the horse, putting their necks under strain or landing badly. This is the kind of human error that is both traceable and preventable. The law takes it very seriously, and it’s now possible for victims of accidents caused by negligence or carelessness to claim personal injury compensation from the party or parties at fault.
Getting advice after an accident
If you’ve had a vault accident, and you think that you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation because it was caused by someone else’s fault or negligence – a wrong setting for the equipment, or the omission of a safety collar, for example – you should seek vault accident advice to confirm whether or not it’s possible to pursue a personal injury claim.
At Accident Advice Helpline, our solicitors have in-depth experience with personal injury law and would be happy to advise you. We know that the aftermath of an accident is always a difficult time for making decisions, yet it’s always better to begin a claim sooner rather than later. With us, you have the security of knowing that we work on a no win no fee* basis. You can call us anytime you feel able to, using our free, 24-hour helpline. We’ll help you work out what your claim might be worth and advise you on collecting the evidence to illustrate the cause of the accident, the resulting injury and expenses you’ve incurred, to support your claim.
Date Published: November 22, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims