Injury claims in Pitlochry
The rough and wild terrain surrounding Pitlochry in Scotland is typical of the terrain that is used for extreme sports. These are the type of unusual, adrenalin-fed sports that combines both physical and sometimes intellectual challenges. They are certainly not everyone’s thing, but many thousands of people enjoy them safely every year. As with all sports, however, accidents do happen. If you are injured when participating in an extreme sport and the accident was you own fault, then you cannot claim compensation.
If it can be shown that the accident was someone else’s fault, such as the activity provider, then you may be able to make a claim. The accident may be someone else’s fault if the equipment was inadequate, unsuitable for certain use, broken or if the injured victim was not given sufficient instruction or supervision. Risk assessments should be carried out for all extreme sports.
You can make a claim for compensation by contacting Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. Using the Pitlochry area for illustration purposes, here are some examples of extreme sports accidents.
Injury claims in Pitlochry – Potential bungee jumping accidents
Bungee jumping does not appeal to everyone. It basically involves jumping from a tall structure like a bridge or stationary cable car for the purpose whilst attached to a lengthy but strong elastic rope or cord. It is also possible to bungee jump from a moving object like a helicopter or a hot air balloon. Participants enjoy the feeling of free-falling and then of the rebound. Fatalities have occurred when the safety harness has failed, when the cord elasticity is miscalculated and when the cord is not properly connected to the jump platform.
Injury claims in Pitlochry – Bungee jumping safety precautions
- Informed participation – all participants must assess the risk for themselves as in other sports like rock climbing. During the registration process the participants are given literature to read which sets out the risks involved and the physical attributes that are required to participate – such as height, age and medical fitness.
- Backup systems – the principle here is that if one element of the safety system fails then the whole system does not fail because there is always a backup. For example, the participant will wear two harnesses so that if one fails then the other one will still save them. Usually, there is an ankle and a waist harness. Every safety check is carried out independently by at least two highly-trained members of staff so that if one misses something, the other will spot it.
- Competence – all equipment must be suitable for its task and logged and serial numbered. It must have been independently tested and there must be certificates to prove this. Every bungee cord should have its own log to record the number of jumps that it has been used for. Crew members must be trained and experienced and this achieved via a licensing system. Log books record the role that they undertake at each event.
Date Published: 31st May 2013
Author: David Brown