Have you suffered an injury in a climbing wall activity due to a third party’s negligence, and want to make a personal injury claim? This guide can help you understand climbing wall activity personal injury claims.
Climbing wall activities can be exhilarating hobbies for the public, ranging from interactive outdoor climbing courses to indoor adventure activity centres and rock climbing. They can also have hidden dangers that could result in an accident if not assessed correctly.
These accidents could lead to serious or severe injuries that could have a long-lasting impact on your day-to-day routine. You could be wondering if you are eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
This guide will go into some detail about the different forms of climbing activities and how you could make a personal injury claim if an accident were to occur. If you have been injured in a climbing wall accident because a party that owed you a duty of care breached it, then you can:
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- What Are Climbing Wall Activity Personal Injury Claims?
- Types Of Climbing Wall Activity Accidents
- Types Of Climbing Wall Activity Injuries
- What Should You Do If You Have A Climbing Wall Activity Accident?
- Climbing Wall Activity Personal Injury Claims Calculator
- Start A Climbing Wall Activity Injury Claim
Personal injury claims are legal cases. It is an injury to the body or mental health of the individuals involved in an accident. Personal injury claims for a climbing wall activity can occur if you have suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault.
The Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995 is a piece of government legislation and works in tandem with the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004 (AALR). The AALR and the ACA 1995 focus on the safety management of young people in adventure activities. They cover the four different types of adventure activities, which are caving, climbing, trekking and water sports.
To assess whether you could be eligible to make a claim, you would need to assess whether:
- You were owed a duty of care
- This duty was breached
- You suffered harm as a result of this breach
Time Limits When Making A Personal Injury Claim
For climbing wall activity personal injury claims, there is usually a time limit. A 3-year limit from the date of the accident or from the date that you gained knowledge that an accident had occurred. There are exceptions to this limit.
For any additional information on the time limits and the exceptions, get in touch with our advisors. They are available 24/7 and happy to answer any questions you may have, no matter how minor.
Climbing wall activities can be experienced in an outdoor setting and an indoor setting. When it comes to climbing, especially in the outdoors, accidents can occur regularly. It can be through human error, such as packing the wrong equipment. It can also be caused by negligence.
Outdoor climbing wall activities accidents
- Abseiling off the end of the rope
- Lowered off the end of the rope
- Landing badly while bouldering
- Incorrect gear
Indoor climbing wall activities accidents
- User Error
- Bouldering Falls
- Scrapes and Bruises
If you need any further information on the different types of accidents you could suffer in a climbing wall activity, get in touch with us. Our advisors can answer any questions you have and can guide you through the claims process.
Is Indoor Wall Climbing Safe?
Indoor wall climbing is a sport and hobby enjoyed by many people and could be considered safer than its outdoor counterpart. This is due to the fact that there are additional safety procedures that are available.
Items such as safety mats, ropes and harnesses are accessible to hire from the activity centre as well professional climbing instructors would be nearby in case you get stuck. Despite having its fair share of injuries, there are very few deaths.
When comparing this to outdoor climbing, such as bouldering and rock climbing, there are many factors to consider when venturing into the wilderness.
- Rockfall – If there are loose rocks, they could fall and cause an injury to the head or limbs.
- User Error – If the climbers are inexperienced on certain climbing routes or do not have the correct equipment.
While participating in a climbing wall activity, you could experience these types of injuries:
- Broken bones – hand/fingers
- Head Injury – concussion
- Knee Injury – dislocated or fractured
- Shoulder Injury
This is not a complete list; however, there are many ways you could be injured in a wall climbing accident.
Our advisors are available to offer free legal advice and can clarify any queries that you might have about the claims process.
Suffering an injury after a wall climbing can be jarring. If you have been involved in an accident at a wall climbing activity. This could happen in a setting such as a kids’ soft play centre.
You would need to seek out the appropriate medical attention. This can be through the on-site first aider or if the injuries are more severe. However, you could also need medical attention from a doctor’s surgery, walk-in centre and a hospital in some cases.
When you are making a claim, it could be beneficial for you to begin gathering evidence of the incident. This is to make sure that your cases is as successful as possible. The ways you can gather the evidence you need are:
- Photo evidence – Images of the area, images of the injury
- Contact details of witnesses
- Video evidence – CCTV
- Written records of the accident from the accident book
It isn’t mandatory for you to acquire legal representation to begin a personal injury claim, but it can be useful to have legal assistance. It can also help you understand the legal requirements you may have to go through.
We have created a table on the types of injuries – as mentioned above – you could sustain from experiencing an accident from a climbing wall activity. Personal injury claims can be made if you have suffered an injury due to negligence. This information has been collected from the Judicial College, which produces guidelines for personal injury compensation. We also provide a free service, called a personal injury compensation claims calculator to help evaluate your claim.
|Types of Injuries||Compensation Brackets||Description|
|Neck Injuries: Severe (ii)||£65,740 to £130,930||Serious damage, including fractures to discs in the spine, developing into future disabilities.|
|Back Injuries: Severe (ii)||£74,160 to £88,430||Injuries that involved damage to the nerve roots, which could lead to impairment of bowel and bladder function, loss of mobility and scarring.|
|Leg Injuries: Serious (iii)||£39,200 to £54,830||Mobility developed into a permanent problem, which would require the use of a mobility aid.|
|Hand Injuries: Severe Fractures to Fingers||Up to £36,740||Loss of the impairment of the grip of the hand.|
|Wrist Injuries (b)||£24,500 to £39,170||Limited movement in the wrist or a disability.|
|Knee Injury: Moderate (i)||£14,840 to £26,190||A dislocation or torn cartilage which would impact the mobility.|
|Shoulder Injury: Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||The dislocation of the shoulder with damage to the nerves.|
|Arm Injury||£6,610 to £19,200||Simple fracture of the forearm.|
|Head Injury||£2,210 to £12,770||A full recovery within a few weeks, but depends on the severity of the injuries, symptoms and the presence of headaches.|
|Chest Injuries||Up to £3,950||Ribs that have been fractured, injuries to the soft tissue that cause serious pain.|
As you go through the claims process, you will come across the different forms of damages. These damages contribute to the total compensation you could possibly receive. When we discuss damages we refer to two certain types. These are:
- General damages
- Special damages
This is the term used when referring to the compensation you could receive. It includes the physical and mental impact of injuries that could be incurred as a result of an accident.
A medical assessment would be needed to be undertaken to assess the severity of your injuries, as well as the impact on your daily routine. This can also be a part of the evidence you could use in order to strengthen your claim.
This term is used when discussing the compensation you could receive for the financial impact of the accident and injuries. Information that could be used to strengthen your claim includes:
- Loss of earnings – due to the inability to work
- Travel expenses
- Childcare costs
- Medication – prescription
- Mobility aids – walking sticks, crutches, wheelchairs
If you want more information on making a personal injury claims for a climbing wall activity injury, then please contact us by:
- Using our live chat feature
- Calling us on the number 0800 073 8801
- Contacting us through our website
No Win No Fee Agreement
A No Win No Fee agreement is where claimants are able to hire legal representatives without the extra stress of paying a solicitor’s fee upfront. There are Conditional Fee Agreements as well; these are a type of No Win No Fee arrangement.
An unsuccessful claim would mean that you wouldn’t have to pay any success fee to your solicitors. A successful claim, on the other hand, means that you would have to pay a success fee. However, it’s capped by law.
Climbing Wall Activity Related Personal Injury Claims
There are some resources that we have collected for you to have a read through, we have provided the links below:
- How to claim compensation for an accident in a public place
- Public park accident claims
- Accident claims in public places
Additionally, we have gathered some external sources for you to have a look through.
Lastly, if you need any questions answered or just require some more information. You can get in touch with us today, our advisors will be available to help you with the personal injury claims for a climbing wall activity accident.
Guide by LW
Edited by RV