Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims | No Win No Fee
By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 17th August 2023. Cycling activity personal injury claims are possible if you were hurt because of health and safety lapses during a cycling activity run by organisers or in a cycling centre. This can be as an employee or service user.
As an employee of a cycling activity company, your employer has a duty under law to do all they reasonably can to prevent you from being injured. As a member of the public using the cycling event for recreation purposes, the company concerned has similar responsibilities to you.
Ensuring that hazards and risks are removed or reduced as much as possible is key to providing a safe activity. At Legal Expert, our personal injury solicitors could provide you with a No Win No Fee service if you have a valid personal injury claim. Call our advisors for a free, no-obligation assessment of your situation and find out how cycling activity personal injury compensation claims work:
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- What Are Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims?
- Causes Of Cycling Activity Accidents
- Types Of Cycling Activity Personal Injuries
- Outdoor Activity Provider’s Duty Of Care
- What Evidence Can Help Me Prove A Cycling Accident Claim?
- Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims Calculator
- How To Make Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims
Cycling activity personal injury claims can be made by someone who works for a cycling activity provider or as a user of that service. The Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 and the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 are both pieces of legislation concerned with health and safety. The Health And Safety At Work etc Act 1974 applies a duty of care to employers to ensure they provide, as much as is reasonably possible, a safe working environment. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 is there to protect members of the public when entering facilities and using services open to the public.
Claims such as this need to involve actual injury. Therefore, they cannot be made merely for an accident. But if you were harmed because this duty of care was not abided by, you could be eligible to make cycling activity personal injury claims.
What Are Cycling Activities?
Bicycling has never been so popular. Mountain bike and structured track events are a great way for young people or the whole family to experience the excitement of outdoor biking. Also, other biking activities include:
- Rally and dirt bike events
- Mountain bike and off-road tracks
- Bike ramp and curved wall tracks
- Obstacle races and cone courses
- Family cycling routes and cross country rides
What circumstances or conditions could give rise to a cycling activity accident? Firstly, it’s essential that cycling activity companies ensure that health and safety concerns are central to all the activities they offer. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide guidance on this. Negligent practices of any sort can impact both staff and customers. Issues such as :
- Poor or inappropriate personal protective equipment or an over-sized bike
- Collisions with other cyclists in badly organised events
- When the bicycles provided are faulty
- Untrained staff hosting the event fail to supervise and manage the group
- Disregarding extreme weather conditions
Mountain bikes can be heavy and negotiating a new bicycle on uncertain terrain presents hazards to even the most experienced rider. With this in mind, it’s possible to experience one or multiple injuries in a cycling accident:
- Cuts and bruises due to faulty equipment
- Strains or ligament tears
- Fractures and broken bones
- Concussion and head injuries from incorrect protective equipment
- Exhaustion or dehydration issues if taken on an unexpectedly arduous track
- Poor guidance from the cycling event staff resulting in becoming lost or injured and causing emotional distress.
As mentioned, the duty of care employers have toward a member of staff at a cycling activity centre falls under general legislation called the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974. This law requires employers to provide a safe workplace as much as reasonably possible. Companies that provide cycling activities or operate cycling centres also owe service users a similar duty of care. To initiate a cycling activity personal injury claim it is important to be clear on:
- Who exactly had a duty of care to you at the time and place of the accident
- How they breached their legal requirements
- Why that resulted in injuring you
- And that you are within the 3-year time limit for personal injury claims
Importantly, this 3-year period can start from both the day of the accident or the time you became aware of the injury. Speak with our team for the exemptions to this limitation period.
When making a cycling accident claim, you will need to submit evidence that proves you were owed a duty of care and when this was breached, you suffered an injury.
A few examples of evidence you could submit when making a personal injury claim for a cycling activity accident include:
- Videos of the accident, such as from CCTV footage.
- The contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident so they can supply a statement later into the claiming process.
- A copy of your medical records which state the nature of your injury and the treatment you needed.
- Photographs of the accident scene and your injuries.
If you need any help obtaining evidence to support your case for personal injury compensation, please get in touch with an advisor from our team. They can also assess your claim, and if it is eligible, you could be connected to one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.
A personal injury solicitor can help arrange a medical examination to assess your injuries. This forms the starting point for calculating the general damages you may be owed. By comparing your injuries with those listed in the Judicial College Guidelines (a document used for attributing compensation amounts for pain and suffering or loss of amenity) it can be possible to reach a figure that may be appropriate. Not guarantees, the award brackets can be as follows:
|Area On Body of Injury||Severity Level and Judicial College Guideline Award Bracket||Supporting Notes|
|Head||(c) Moderate (iii) - £43,060 to £90,720||Impact on concentration and memory with reduced work opportunities|
|Face||Le Fort fractures to frontal facial bones - £23,810 to £36,740||Skeletal damage to the front of the face|
|Knee||(a) Severe (iii) - £26,190 to £43,460||Pain, discomfort and limited movement, instability and deformity|
|Ankle||(c) Moderate - £13,740 to £26,590||Fractures or ligament tears that cause instability|
|Foot||(f) Moderate - £13,740 to £24,990||Foot bone fractures causing deformity and continued symptoms|
|Nose||Skeletal Injuries (c) (i) - £10,640 to £23,130||Multiple fracture issues that may require surgery and cause breathing difficulties|
|Teeth||Damage to Teeth (i) -£8,730 to £11,410||Serious damage or loss to several teeth at the front|
|Wrist||(d) Wrist Injuries - £6,080 to £10,350||Soft tissue and fracture injuries that requires 12 months plus to heal|
As well as this, you may be eligible to claim special damages. These amounts are calculated by taking proof of financial loss into account. As an injured employee or member of the public/customer, you may have the documented proof to show how you:
- Lost income or future earnings
- Faced medical bills
- Needed physiotherapy or scarring or laceration treatments unavailable for free on the NHS
- Had to change professions or retrain after a serious injury
- Suffered damage to your bike, clothing, eyewear, or other personal items
- Required child care assistance as you recovered
- Needed travel expenses to get around
With this in mind, the two amounts could form a more fulsome compensation evaluation in cycling activity personal injury claims.
Anyone is free to initiate their own cycling activity personal injury claims. However, legal representation means having access to professional help and when offered under a No Win No Fee agreement, there is no upfront fee to pay the solicitor. Call our advisors and after a no-obligation assessment they could connect you with a solicitor who requires:
- No upfront fees to work for you
- Or no payment if the case is unsuccessful
A No Win No Fee cycling activity personal injury claim that is successful needs only a maximum 25% deduction from the payout to cover the solicitor’s success fee. This means the bulk of your compensation always goes directly to you. Find out how a No Win No Fee arrangement can benefit you today by:
- Calling our team on 0800 073 8804
- Contact us online
- Or accessing advice through our ‘live support’ portal below
Bike And Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims
Below are some further resources on related topics:
- Details about cycle personal injury accident solicitors
- FAQ’S on how to prove fault in a cycle accident
- More on cycle accidents caused by cars changing lanes
- In addition to this, advice to cyclists from THINK!
- Also, some useful cycle safety advice from TFL
- In conclusion, further guidance for attending an activity
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Edited By Melissa.