This guide will explain how to make an activity centre personal injury claim for compensation. Moreover, we will explain how to claim compensation for a child’s accident. Generally, some companies that provide adventure activities to young persons under 18 have to abide by The Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995 and the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004. The regulations require the companies to undergo inspections and hold a licence.
This guide will look at when accidents that cause an injury at an activity centre, could mean the injured party is eligible to claim compensation. Please get in touch with Accident Claims UK to enquire about claiming compensation. If you or your child have legitimate grounds to claim, one of our solicitors may off to handle the case on a No Win No Fee basis.
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- What Is An Activity Centre Personal Injury Claim?
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Indoor activity centres and outdoor activity centres are places where people can participate in adventure sports. Such centres do not just cater for children there are plenty of activity centres that are based around adults.
However, under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, those in control of spaces open for the public to use have a duty of care to the people who use their premises. Therefore, activity centres are responsible for the health and safety of patrons and people who take part in their activities. This means that the controller must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of those onsite. Of course, not all spaces can be 100% safe. So, activity centres must carry out regular risk assessments and implement health and safety procedures to prevent accidents.
Under the following instance, you may be eligible to make an activity centre personal injury claim:
- An activity centre owed you a duty of care.
- The activity centre acted negligently, which led to an accident.
- As a result, you suffered an activity centre personal injury.
To see if you can claim compensation for a leisure accident, please contact Accident Claims UK today.
Activity centres owe their users a duty of care. Moreover, when certain activity centres offer specific activities to young people under the age of 18, they should abide by the following legislation:
- The Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995
- Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004
Under the legislation, the following activities require a licence. These are trekking, caving, climbing and watersports. The activity centres need to have their safety management systems inspected. And activity centres must provide instruction to participants.
Moreover, employers also have a duty of care to their employees in preventing them from being avoidably injured at work. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states that employers have a duty of care towards their workers. So, if a worker has an accident at work because the employer acted negligently, they may be eligible to make an activity centre at work injury claim.
If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can act as a litigation friend. Therefore, you will claim compensation on your child’s behalf.
The following accidents can cause injuries in an activity centre. If you have been injured, due to negligence, you may be eligible to make an activity centre personal injury claim. Let’s look at some common causes of injuries.
Slips And Falls
Hazards on the floor can cause slip or trip and fall accidents. For example, if there is a spillage is on the floor, patrons and employees can slip and fall. Moreover, if gym and exercise equipment is left on the floor, passers-by can trip and injure themselves. Slip or trip injuries can cause broken bones, head injuries or back injuries.
Faulty equipment can cause serious activity centre accidents. For example, faulty diving equipment can cause drowning incidents. Moreover, faulty wall climbing equipment (such as pulleys that hold safety ropes) can cause falls from a height. Consequently, a participant could be seriously injured.
Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pool accidents can happen if the facility is mismanaged. For example, a lifeguard may fail to notice a non-swimmer out of their dept. Or a swimming pool may not have the correct signage to show where the deep end begins. Therefore a non-swimmer could potentially drown.
The following acts of negligence can cause activity centre accidents:
- Faulty equipment
- A lack of proper safety equipment
- Poor instruction
- Instructors are not properly qualified
- An object is not properly stored and falls from a height
- Spillages or hazards on the floor
Here are activities that indoor activity centres and outdoor activity centres offer:
- Climbing wall
- Sports centre
- Quad biking
- Kart racing
- Indoor skiing
- Indoor snowboard
If you make a successful activity centre personal injury claim, you can receive up to two heads of claim. The damages you can claim for a personal injury are:
- Firstly general damages will compensate you for the physical and mental harm your injuries caused.
- Secondly, special damages, which reimburses you for any out of pocket expenses associated with your injuries. Such as travel expenses or loss of earnings reimbursement.
You can use the table below to estimate what amount of money your sports injury claim could be worth in general damages. We used the compensation guidelines from the Judicial College to create these compensation amounts. However, the content of the table is guidance only, and your final settlement may be different to what we have included here.
|Type Of Harm Suffered||Compensation||About The Injury|
|Moderate (i) injuries to the knee||£13,920 to £24,580||Knee injuries such as a tear of the meniscus, cartilage or dislocations. This could lead to weakness, minor instability and wasting. There could be a mild disability in the future.|
|Moderate (c) ankle injury||£12,900 to £24,950||Torn ligaments, bone fractures and similar injuries leading to less serious disabilities in the ankle. This may mean it is harder to walk on uneven ground or stand/ walk for long periods.|
|Fractured forearm bone (d)||£6,190 to £18,020||Simple bone fracture of the forearm.|
|Moderate (i) injuries to the hips or pelvis||£24,950 to £36,770||A significant injury affecting the pelvis or hips. This does not cause any major permanent disability.|
|Less serious (ii) injuries to the leg||£8,550 to £13,210||A (simple) fracture of the femur bone. There is not any damage on the articular surface.|
|Severe (ii) injuries to the neck||£61,710 to £122,860||Injuries which involve cervical spinal disc damage or a serious fracture. This could lead to someone becoming disabled.|
|Moderate (c) injuries to the shoulder||£7,410 to £11,980||Limited movement and discomfort in the shoulder, such as with a frozen shoulder. These symptoms could persist up to two years.|
|Facial Disfigurement||£27,940 to £91,350||Severe scarring and a serious impact on the person's mental well being.|
|Serious (b) injuries to the achilles tendon||£23,460 to £28,240||There has been a complete division of the Achilles tendon. This has been repaired successfully, though there is residual weakness.|
|Moderate (f) injuries to the foot||£12,900 to £23,460||Displaced fractures of the metatarsal bones. This could result in the victim being permanently deformed and have continuing symptoms.|
Alternatively, please call our claims helpline, and we can estimate how much you can claim.
Accident Claims UK can help you if you wish to claim compensation for an activity centre accident. We can offer you free legal advice. Furthermore, if you are eligible to claim, our solicitors can handle your case on a No Win No Fee basis.
What Are The Benefits Of Making A No Win No Fee Claim?
- Firstly, No Win No Fee solicitors do not ask for any moneys upfront. You will pay a success fee if the outcome of your claim is successful, instead.
- Secondly, there is less financial risk. You will only have to pay a success fee if you win your claim.
- What’s more, the fee is deducted from your compensation payment at a legally capped rate.
Please contact us about making an activity centre injury claim today.
- Call us on 0800 073 8801
- Contact us about claiming via our website
- Or ask us a question using our Support widget
Resources On Accidents Claims In Public Places
These guides may be useful for making a public place injury claim.
Information for the public on adventure activities licences
An HSE guide to health and safety for leisure activities
An HSE guide to safe swimming pool management
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