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Climbing Wall Accident Claims – How Much Could You Claim?

This guide will explain how to make climbing wall activity personal injury claims. Many people enjoy using outdoor and indoor climbing walls to keep fit and practise rock climbing in a controlled environment. However, a climbing wall accident can happen if an activity centre neglects proper health and safety standards. Therefore, climbers could suffer an injury that was not their fault.

If an accident at a climbing wall has injured you, you may be eligible to claim compensation. If the centre caused the accident by acting negligently they could be liable to pay damages. To begin your compensation claim, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today:

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Climbing Wall Activity Personal Injury Claims Explained

When we enjoy activities such as indoor climbing, the owner of the establishment owes us a duty of care. Therefore the proprietor is responsible for our health and safety as well as ourselves. If you suffer a climbing wall injury because of poor health and safety standards, you may be eligible to make climbing wall activity personal injury claims for compensation.

You could claim compensation for your injuries if:

  • Firstly, the climbing wall venue owed you a duty of care. Either as a customer or an employee.
  • Secondly, the venue breached the duty of care by neglecting health and safety standards.
  • The poor standards of health and safety caused an accident.
  • Finally, the accident injured you.

You may be able to claim compensation for rock wall fall injuries that were not your fault. To see if a climbing wall venue owes you compensation, please call us today to speak to an advisor.

What Duty Of Care Does The Operator Of A Climbing Wall Have?

The Occupiers Liability Act 1957 states that proprietors owe their patrons and other people who use their venue a duty of care. Therefore safety procedures should be followed to provide a safe place.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, activity centres also owe their staff a duty of care, including full-time employees, agency workers and casual workers. Therefore the venue should carry out regular risk assessments to identify and remove potential safety hazards. If a worker is injured because of negligence, they may be eligible to claim for an accident at work.

Activity Centre Specific Legislation

Specific activity centres have to comply with two pieces of legislation. These are the Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995 and the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004.

The regulations require activity centres to do the following:

  • Undergo regular inspections of their premises and safety management systems
  • The centre must provide instruction on how to do the activities
  • And the business must have a licence to provide the activity

Climbing Wall Activity Injuries

You could make climbing wall activity personal injury claims if you were injured because of an accident that was due to a breach in duty of care. Here are some examples of climbing wall injuries you may have experienced:

  • Broken bones can happen if you fall off a climbing wall. A broken bone injury can be painful and debilitating. However, they usually heal with the correct treatment.
  • Lacerations are deep cuts affecting the skin or the flesh. You may also suffer from severe bruising.
  • You can suffer head injuries if you fall and hit your head. Head injuries can be minor, or a traumatic brain injury can be severe.
  • Internal injuries include organ damage and internal bleeding. Internal injuries are life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.
  • A haemorrhage means bleeding. Internal bleeding can be life-threatening.
  • Rotator cuff tears are a type of soft tissue injury. They are tears to the tendons in the shoulders. These shoulder injuries can be painful, especially when you move your shoulder.

How Could A Climbing Wall Activity Accident Happen?

Injuries that are suffered on a climbing wall will not always be caused by negligence. Some are due to accidents that could not be avoided or through climbers not taking proper care of themselves. You can be injured climbing indoors or outdoors if the venue has not upheld proper health and safety standards.

Procedures a climbing wall centre could apply to ensure the safety of service users:

  1. A qualified instructor could supervise the climbing activities. Incorrect supervision can lead to climbing wall accidents.
  2. Employees should have the correct training for the activities they are instructing on.
  3. Instructors should ensure that the participant’s harnesses are fitted correctly to prevent rock wall falls.
  4. The venue should inspect their equipment regularly for faults.
  5. Climbers should not be able to climb higher than they are supposed to.

Failure to follow the correct health and safety guidance can lead to climbing wall accidents and falls from a height, which can cause back injuries.

Who Could Be At Fault?

An indoor climbing venue could be liable for a climbing wall injury if unsafe conditions caused an accident. For example, the venue may have provided the participant with faulty equipment. The venue could also be held liable if they provide the climber with incorrect instruction or there is a lack of supervision, which subsequently led to an error, in which the climber was injured.

To see if you can make climbing wall activity personal injury claims, please contact us today for your free consultation.

Climbing Wall Activity Personal Injury Claims – How Much Could You Claim?

How much you are awarded in a successful personal injury claim depends on the injury suffered, how much pain and loss amenity is caused and financial implications. Below you will see a table that has compensation brackets in. The table looks only at one type of damage that could be awarded – general damages. However, special damages are not included.

Severity And Type Of Injury About The Injury Damages
Moderate (f) – Foot Injuries £12,900 – £23,460 This may include a displaced metatarsal bone fracture. The victim may suffer a deformity and could have lasting symptoms.
Serious (b) – Achilles Tendon Injuries £23,460 – £28,240 A division in the Achilles tendon. The division has been repaired but there is residual weakness.
Moderate (c) – Shoulder Injuries £7,410 – £11,980 A moderate shoulder injury which limits movement and causes discomfort. The person could suffer symptoms for as long as two years.
Moderate (c) – Ankle Injuries £12,900 – £24,950 A bone fracture, torn ligament or similar injury. This could lead to a less serious disability in the ankle.

This may mean it is harder to walk on uneven ground or stand/ walk for long periods.

Less serious (ii) – Leg Injuries £8,550 – £13,210 Simple femur bone fractures or breaks.
Severe (ii) injuries to the neck £61,710 – £122,860 The injury could present as damage to the cervical spinal discs or a serious vertebra fracture.
Moderate (i) – Pelvic Or Hip Injury £24,950 – £36,770 Significant pelvic or hip injuries. Any disability caused by this injury is not considered to be a major one.
Wrist Injuries (a) £44,690 – £56,180 An injury which results in the complete loss of function in the affected wrist joint. An arthrodesis has been carried out.
Wrist Injuries (d) Rarely exceed £9,620 Awarded for the recovery from a soft tissue injury or a bone fracture which has taken longer but which is complete.
Wrist Injuries (e) Around £6,970 Uncomplicated (Colles’) fractures

Please note, that we have used guidelines from the Judicial College in the table. But the final amount of compensation you receive may vary, depending on the circumstances of your claim. Please feel free to call our helpline and we can estimate how much you may be owed.

Get Help From A Personal Injury Claims Lawyer

If you have legitimate grounds to make climbing wall activity personal injury claims, we can help you. Legal Expert can provide you with a skilled personal injury claims lawyer to manage your claim. What’s more, you can choose to make a No Win No Fee claim, if there is ample evidence to support your case.

If you choose to make a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor there is no upfront fee to pay them. There are no fees throughout the course of your claim. If the case is won you will pay a success fee which is capped by law to the solicitor as their success fee payment. If your claim fails there is no success fee to pay.

  • To begin your claim, please call us on 0800 073 8804.
  • Or you can use our online claims form, to reach out to us.
  • Finally, you can also speak to an advisor online, using the Live Support widget.

Read More About Activity Injury Claims

Please read these guides to learn more about claiming compensation for an activity or sporting injury.

An NHS guide to broken ankle injuries.

A guide to activity centre health and safety regulations.

Health and safety for leisure activities

We have lots more guides on personal injury claims which you can browse below: 

We hope this guide has been informative on the subject of how to make climbing wall activity personal injury claims.

Guide By Chelache

Edited By Melissa.

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