Have you suffered Injuries caused by sporting activities on holiday?
Part of the fun of going on holiday for many people is being able to get involved with sporting activities. Especially activities that you are not able to do at home. People may think that if they suffer injury, they cannot claim since they were the ones who decided to get involved in the first place.
This is not strictly true. If you do suffer injuries during sporting activities on holiday, this may not always be your fault. Sporting activities could include hotel games, or water sports such as jet skis, scuba diving, or speed boating. It could also cover winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, or sledding.
Can I make a claim if I have been injured by sporting activities on holiday?
If you have an injury caused by sports abroad, you may be able to claim if the operator was not compliant with local regulations for instance, or if you were provided with inadequate or faulty equipment or little to no supervision. The activity areas may have been poorly maintained or you may not have been properly trained or briefed on how to use the equipment safely.
To have a successful sports holiday injury claim you will need to first and foremost prove that your sports injury was caused due to negligence and that the person or organisation that was negligent owed you a duty of care.
Usually, the operator or organiser of the sporting activity will owe you a duty of care since they are the ones helping you participate and you have put your trust in them to arrange the activity safely according to professional standards.
It can be a bit difficult to prove that someone acted negligently when sports are involved because some sporting activities are inherently dangerous and most people do them at their own risk.
But in some cases, it may not be your fault. It is a good idea to seek expert legal advice to see whether you have a potential claim.
What damages can I expect to claim?
Claiming for sports injuries can include getting compensation for your pain and suffering, along with any financial losses you experienced as a result.
It is hard to quantify the amount that you could expect to claim since it is dependent on the seriousness of the injuries and the circumstances. Compensation will be calculated based on the pain and suffering caused, these are called general damages. The costs incurred that are related to the injuries such as travel costs and medical fees are called special damages.
What should I do if I have suffered injuries from sporting activities on holiday?
If you have suffered a sporting injury on holiday, you should report it to the organiser and seek medical attention as soon as you can. You should keep hold of any receipts or invoices for the costs you have incurred so that you can claim these back later down the line if your claim is successful.
You should gather as much information and evidence as you can that you think will be useful for your claim. This may include witness details, photographs, videos, contracts, or policies you may have received before doing the activity.
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