By Lewis Hendrix. Last Updated 31st July 2023. To be eligible to make a claim following an injury caused by a zorb ball, you will need to prove that your injury was caused by a relevant third party breaching their duty of care. Within this guide, we will discuss the duty of care you may be owed whilst zorbing and how a breach in this duty could result in a zorbing accident.
We will also share a case study of a claimant who was awarded £13,500 in compensation following a zorbing accident. This guide will also share some of the benefits of making a personal injury claim with the help of one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.
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What Is Zorbing And What Sort Of Zorbing Accident Happened To The Claimant?
First of all, let’s confirm what zorbing is. A zorb is a large double skinned inflatable ball and zorbing is an adventure sport where the participant is strapped into a chair inside the ball and pushed down a hill, spinning around and around on the axis as they fall.
In the last few years zorbing has become a popular adventure sport. In this case study, we are going to look at the case of Mrs O who experienced a zorbing accident and suffered injuries. The Claimant’s husband bought her a zorbing experience as a gift from a ‘deals’ website. When Mrs O took part in the zorbing adventure, it looked like the activity supervisors were following the correct procedures, asking her to remove her shoes and to empty her pockets.
Unfortunately, they did not adjust the safety straps on her harness tightly enough and as her zorb was rolling down the hill, her shoulder hit the ground, causing her to suffer a considerable injury.
What Did This Zorbing Injury Claim Include?
Some shoulder injuries heal on their own. A moderate shoulder injury may require non-surgical treatment to help it heal. For example, a moderate soft tissue injury may require shoulder exercises to ease the pain or physiotherapy. Doctors may prescribe painkillers to help a person keep their shoulder moving during the healing process.
Recovery usually takes six to eight weeks. During this time, doctors recommend that people stay active, and to continue using their shoulder because not using your shoulder can make it harder to heal. Unfortunately Mrs O’s shoulder injury was judged to be severe and that she required surgery to correct the effects of the injury.
The sort of shoulder injury that might cause someone to require an operation to fix, could be a broken or fractured shoulder, or a shoulder impingement. People who suffer shoulder injuries judged severe, usually get higher compensation awards.
This NHS guide to shoulder pain and shoulder injuries has more information on the symptoms of shoulder injuries and how they are to be treated.
Making The Adventure Sport Compensation Claim
Given the severity of the injuries Mrs O suffered after her zorbing accident, she contacted a personal injury solicitors firm to claim compensation for her zorbing accident. The solicitor wrote a letter of claim to the zorbing experience provider (the Defendant). Unfortunately the Defendant rejected the Claimant’s zorbing injury claim, arguing they had taken every step necessary to ensure her health and safety.
Instead, they argued that her injury was due to a previous accident she had suffered whilst skiing. What could have been quite a simple claim for a compensation payout of injuries whilst zorbing became more complex and the case proceeded to court.
What Was The Outcome Of The Adventure Sport Claim?
The claimant’s injured whilst zorbing case proceeded to court, and the judge concluded the settlement in Mrs O’s favour. They judged that Mrs O was not strapped into the zorb correctly, and was not given any opportunity to raise her concerns about her harness before being pushed down the hill.
The judge ruled that the Defendant’s zorbing injury would not have happened had the activity provider followed proper health and safety checks.
What Was The Outcome Of The Zorbing Injury Claim?
Mrs O was willing to accept 10% less than the adventure sport compensation claim had been valued at, however, the judge ruled that she should be paid the full amount of compensation for a zorbing accident that her claim had been valued at. Mrs O was awarded £12,000 for her injuries, she also received an additional 10% in damages plus interest. This meant that her final settlement was £13,500 personal injury compensation for a Zorbing accident.
This compensation package would have consisted of general damages for the pain and suffering her zorbing injury had caused her. The zorbing injury compensation package also would have included special damages which would have compensated her for any financial losses she had made associated with her injuries. This can include travel expenses, medical expenses and loss of income.
Time Limit For Zorbing Accident Injury Claims
Under the Limitation Act 1980, you generally have three years from the date you were injured in a zorbing accident to start your claim. However, an exception to the time limit may be granted by the courts under special circumstances.
If a child is injured by a zorb ball, they’ll have three years from their 18th birthday to bring forward a claim. Prior to this date, a court-appointed litigation friend could start a claim on their behalf.
For those who lack the mental capacity to make their own claim, the time limit is frozen indefinitely. During this period, a litigation friend could act on their behalf and make a claim for them. Should the injured party regain this mental capacity, and a claim was not already made for them, they will have three years to do so from the date of recovery.
Contact us at any time for free no, obligation advice on how to claim for a zorbing accident.
No Win No Fee Zorbing Injury Claims
Have you received injuries whilst zorbing due to an adventure sports accident that was not your fault? You could be entitled to claim zorbing injury compensation. Hiring a No Win No Fee solicitor is the best way to claim your compensation for a zorbing accident because with a No Win No Fee solicitor, you will receive a great service and you would only have to pay your personal injury solicitors’ fees if you win your claim.
This means that there is no financial risk to you, and as your fees come out of your zorbing compensation payout, making the process risk-free.
To enquire about making a No Win No Fee personal injury claim, contact Accident Claims UK today. Whether you were injured whilst zorbing, or had another type of accident and wish to make a adventure sport compensation claim, we can help. Our friendly advisers are looking forward to speaking to you.
Talk To Accident Claims UK Today
Have you been injured whilst zorbing? Perhaps you experienced an adventure sports accident which resulted in you being injured? If the accident was caused by negligence on the part of another party, you could be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. Accident Claims UK can handle your adventure sport claim, or zorbing injury claim.
Call us today for your free consultation and we will let you know if you have legitimate grounds to claim personal injury compensation, and we will let you know how much zorbing injury compensation you could be entitled to claim. Then, we will provide you with an experienced personal injury solicitor who would represent you.
Talk to Accident Claims UK about making an adventure sport compensation claim. We’re looking forward to working with you.
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