Accident Advice Helpline was recently in contact with a man who suffered serious injury when a watersporting excursion went badly wrong in Lake Ullswater this summer.
The injury happened when instructors teaching a group of youngsters and their teachers to water-ski failed to conduct a proper assessment of the abilities of the group. Beginning their instructions in medium to high winds the instructors were unable to properly control the powerboat that was used to tow the youngsters, resulting in one teacher suffering suspected damage to his hip joint. The teacher has taken leave from work while he recovers and Accident Advice Helpline staff are planning to take the injury claim in Lake Ullswater forward.
Is the injury claim in Lake Ullswater common?
Accidents during sporting events are very common, although the injury claim in Lake Ullswater lies in a particular sub-category of sport that is at higher risk – watersports. Whilst ordinary swimming and indoor pool based activities tend to have an excellent safety record, sports such as water-skiing which take place in unpredictable natural environments present much greater risk of harm. One issue that frequently confronts lawyers in this area is that instructors and operators – often keen to sign-up would be customers – often play down the reality of the risks involved and obstruct customers from giving truly informed consent.
Whilst water-skiing is an exhilarating and enjoyable past-time for many, the sport is actually a complicated three person exercise which involves not only the water-skier themselves but also an observer and boat operator. The job of the boat operator and the observer is to work closely together and ensure that the boat remains stable and safe for the skier. The sport requires extreme lower body strength and stamina from the water-skier and the most common injuries tend to be to the knee, ankle and hip joints, just like the kind experienced by our injury victim. Avoiding injuries is very difficult, but proper instruction as to technique and warm up, as well as expert assessment of a person’s ability and continuous supervision are very important to guaranteeing a safe outcome.
Have you experienced an injury at Lake Ullswater?
If you have experienced an injury, then why not get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline and see how much your claim could be worth. You can call free on 0800 689 0500, or better yet use Accident Advice Helpline’s online injury claim calculator to gain an early estimate of the potential value of your claim.
You might find it remarkable how quickly and easily your claim could be processed, but remember that there are legal time restrictions at play, so call sooner rather than later. Remember, your initial advice is on a no obligation basis, and even if your claim goes forward then it will be on a no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: 5th October 2013
Author: David Brown