Extreme and Adventure Sports Accident Claims

Extreme sports and adventure activities offer huge adrenaline rushes because of the combination of danger and excitement involved. Unfortunately, taking part in sports of this nature will always pose an element of risk to your personal health, and the more extreme the activity, the greater the chance of an injury occurring.

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence while participating in an extreme or adventure sport, you could be entitled to compensation. To find out if you can make a claim, contact our expert personal injury solicitors today.

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The dangers of extreme and adventure sports

While safety precautions are put in place to make extreme and adventure sports as safe as possible, it is often difficult to avoid injury in some circumstances. Injuries sustained through sports such as mountaineering, paragliding, rock climbing and mountain biking, can lead to some of the most serious injuries because of their dangerous nature.

Common injuries and conditions suffered include:

  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Blurred vision
  • Broken bones, dislocations and fractures
  • Bruising
  • Facial scarring
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament sprains and strains
  • Neck injuries, including whiplash
  • Paralysis

Regardless of how you have been injured, our solicitors will be able to provide specialist legal advice and assist you with making a claim for compensation.

Types of dangerous sports

Bungee jumping

The vast majority of bungee jumps are enjoyable and exciting, but as with all extreme sports there is an element of risk involved. People who choose to participate in this exhilarating activity do injure themselves occasionally, and in the worst cases, accidents can lead to long-term injuries and even death.

Medical research has shown that blood pressure and cortisol levels - which indicate high levels of stress - rise significantly in novice jumpers prior to their leap. These should all decline rapidly after the jump, but if this does not happen, it could put the body in serious distress. If this happens to you, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Hot air ballooning

While hot air ballooning is considered relatively safe, there is still an element of risk involved when you embark on a journey. The most frequent causes of hot air balloon accidents include:

  • Collisions with trees or buildings
  • Collisions between two or more balloons
  • Collisions with power lines

Operators must ensure that they perform rigorous safety checks before embarking on a flight. This will include a thorough assessment of meteorological conditions, such as wind speed and visibility, as well as a full passenger safety briefing.

Wherever your ballooning accident took place, if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence, then it may be possible to make a claim for compensation.

Quad biking

To read about how quad biking can put you at risk of injury, click here.

Zorbing

Zorbing, or zorb balling, involves being put in a large inflatable ball and rolled down a hill while wearing a safety harness. It is no different to any other extreme sport in that there are several risks involved that can cause serious injury, making safety paramount for those organising activities.

Common causes of zorbing accidents include:

  • Failure of safety nets used to stop the ball
  • Overly steep slopes being used
  • Loose harnesses
  • Failure to enforce height and weight restrictions
  • Failure to enforce pregnancy restrictions
  • Failure to restrict those under the influence of drugs or alcohol from zorbing
  • Failure to enforce restrictions on those with high blood pressure or epilepsy

If you have been injured while zorbing, either abroad or in the UK, the specialist team at YouClaim could help you seek compensation from those responsible.

The responsibility of organisers

Companies that organise extreme sport and adventure events are responsible for the safety of those who take part, whether they are located in the UK or abroad. If they act negligently and put your health at risk, they can be held accountable for any injuries you sustain.

As the popularity of extreme and adventure sports continues to grow, more and more tour operators are creating special adventure sports package holidays to cater to the thrill-seeking holidaymaker. If you have booked an activity through your tour operator, and due to their negligence you have suffered an injury, they could be held responsible.

How YouClaim can help

Our solicitors can quickly help you determine whether it might be in your interests to pursue a claim. Our investigations will help to determine who exactly should be held accountable for your injuries, helping you to get compensation to cover the cost of the pain and suffering caused, as well as any loss of earnings, medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Get started today

If you have taken part in an extreme or adventure sport and suffered an injury that was not your fault, you could be eligible to claim compensation. Contact YouClaim today to find out by calling 0800 10 757 95, chat to us using our online function or complete our enquiry form and one of our solicitors will be in touch to help you begin your claim.