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Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims

Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims

Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims Guide

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 claims work:

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  1. What Are Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims?
  2. Causes Of Cycling Activity Accidents
  3. Types Of Cycling Activity Personal Injuries
  4. Outdoor Activity Provider’s Duty Of Care
  5. Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims Calculator
  6. How To Make Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims

What Are 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

Causes Of Cycling Activity Accidents

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

Cycling Safety Statistics

Our chart shows the prevalence of injury types involving mountain bikes reported over a 12-month period from a total of 84 patients. Fractured clavicle (collar bone) were the most reported:

Source : https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/35/3/197 (Figure 3 Classification of Injuries)

Types Of Cycling Activity Personal Injuries

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.

Outdoor Activity Provider’s Duty Of Care

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.

Cycling Activity Personal Injury Claims Calculator

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 InjurySeverity Level and Judicial College Guideline Award BracketSupporting Notes
FaceLe Fort fractures to frontal facial bones - £23,810 to £36,740Skeletal damage to the front of the face
TeethDamage to Teeth (i) -£8,730 to £11,410
Serious damage or loss to several teeth at the front
NoseSkeletal Injuries (c) (i) - £10,640 to £23,130Multiple fracture issues that may require surgery and cause breathing difficulties
Head(c) Moderate (iii) - £43,060 to £90,720Impact on concentration and memory with reduced work opportunities
Wrist(d) Wrist Injuries - £6,080 to £10,350


Soft tissue and fracture injuries that requires 12 months plus to heal
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 £24,990Foot bone fractures causing deformity and continued symptoms

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.

How To Make 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

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Edited By Melissa.

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