Bungee jump whiplash compensation claims

In this guide we set out what you need to know about making a bungee jump whiplash compensation claim.

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Whiplash injuries, commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, can be sustained in many other ways including bungee jumping.

Popular with adrenaline-seekers and charity fundraisers, bungee jumping is a high-risk activity. Unlike other extreme sports, it requires no special skills or training, just a lot of courage.

Our network of solicitors do not currently have the capacity to take on holiday-related injury and sickness claims outside the UK. It is recommended that you contact a personal injury specialist solicitor to discuss your options as soon as possible, as some jurisdictions have limitation dates of less than the three year limit that is standard in the UK.

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Do I have a bungee jump whiplash claim?

If you have suffered a bungee jump whiplash injury in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

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How dangerous is bungee jumping?

Equipment failure or miscalculation can cause serious injury or even death.

To minimise these risks, bungee jump operators should operate within strict safety guidelines.

Typical of these is the Code of Safe Practice set out by BERSA (the British Elastic Rope Sports Association). It outlines the requirements and guidelines for the safe conduct of bungee jumping in the UK.

Following independent assessment of staff and equipment, clubs may be affiliated to BERSA, although they do not have to have affiliation to operate. High safety standards are maintained by regular unannounced inspections by specially trained Safety Officers.

It is sensible to only jump from established, licensed sites which are subject to governing guidelines and regular safety checks.

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What are the other risks?

Despite all safety measures and the best training, things can go wrong.

A variety of non-fatal injuries can be sustained, from pinched fingers and cord burns, to dislocations and retinal detachments. Whiplash may occur if the head is whipped around when the bungee cord comes under tension and stretches out at the end of the descent.

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Is it possible to claim from the operator if whiplash is sustained?

It is unlikely that a claimant will be able to make a successful compensation claim from the operator for any injury sustained by bungee jumping.

Even though bungee jump operators carry full Public Lliability Insurance, this may not cover the jumper for any personal accident.

Their caveat is that the participant is made aware of the risk before jumping, and only accepted on the understanding they participate of their own free will.

UK Bungee Club states . . .all participants wishing to take part in the activity must assess the risks involved . . . we help you to do this via a registration process where you the participant can read our documentation and inform yourself. Obviously this also involves some administration, including the signing of an insurance waiver form with a member of the crew present so that you are able to ask any pertinent questions that may arise.

Health and age restrictions are also likely to apply, and people under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not permitted to jump.

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How much compensation can I claim for bungee jump whiplash?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Meet the QLS team

The national network of QLS solicitors take on all types of personal injury claims, from fast track cases to serious, long-term injury. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation and their years of specialist experience.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Emma Bell Employers and Public Liability Panel Solicitor
Shahida Chaudery Complex Injury Claims Panel Solicitor
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No win, no fee bungee jump whiplash claims - the facts

Legal Aid is no longer available for injury claims.

Personal injury solicitors now work on a No Win, No Fee basis.

No Win, No Fee means that if your claim is not successful, you will not need to pay any legal fees.

If you do win your case, a success fee will be deducted from the compensation award and paid to your solicitor.

Read more about how a No Win, No Fee agreement works

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

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With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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