Avoiding Climbing Accidents and Other Injuries from Extreme Sports
April 22, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
With the weather becoming more favorable in many places around the country, residents have spring fever and are anxious to start moving around after a long winter incubation period in their homes. The flowers and sun beckon us to take our routine outdoor activities, and possibly try something new. Although many people cycle, walk, run and swim as their normal exercise, others take part in extreme sports such as rappelling, climbing, skydiving and parasailing. Is this the time you try a new sport, or will you stick with what you know?
Extremists all over find thrill and exhuberance in adrenaline-charging recreational activities. Many of those sports require certain clothing gear such as Kevlar protection or helmets, but not everyone takes heed to these requirements in an attempt to show how much braver they are than the other person. And, while it may be difficult to pinpoint the cause of an extreme sport accident, there may be cautionary features that point toward the negligence of a person or entity involved. Training grounds such as sports gyms and outdoor organizations offer sports-enthusiasts as safe opportunity to test out their skills. But, what happens when something goes wrong?
We have all read stories of skydiving school injuries, and we know that people have fallen and injured themselves while on climbing walls at local recreational venues. Whose fault it is when an injury occurs? In the case of a school or sports recreation gymnasium, here are some things you can look for before you enlist or sign up for a class:
- Are the instructors accredited for that sport, or are the employees basically “monitoring” the scene with no advanced or specialized knowledge of the sport?
- Is the facility equipped to handle the training, such as those who learn to kayak in a gymnasium pool. Is the water deep enough if the kayak flips over? Is there ample length and depth for practicing such a sport?
- Does the school or venue offer protective gear if you do not have any of your own? Do they allow you to take part in the activity even if you are not wearing projective gear? It only takes one “practice” mishap to cause permanent injury.
- Is your gear in good shape and current condition? Is your helmet cracked, your sports-specified shoes worn or torn, or your stamps stretched out?
Many people find great fun in taking part in new sports and activities, but doing so to quickly may mean missing out on key safety elements. If you or someone you know was injured in a sport-related recreation activity, dealing with school and fitness organizations are challenging, although there may be key reasons why there was negligence involved. Addressing key points of you case will be critical when you meet with your Manhattan personal injury attorney who can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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