The number of country sports enthusiasts in the United Kingdom is on the Increase. The participants are divided between those who are members of a club and practice their hobby on a regular basis and those who occasionally participate, either on weekend open events or tailor-made holidays. By their nature, field and country sports, which are usually defined as hunting, shooting and fishing, carry a certain level of risk. In this article, we consider some of those risks, explain how you might be able to make a claim if you have been injured in a field and country sport and advise you as to the steps to take if you are considering making a claim for compensation for the injuries that you have sustained.
The Risks in Field and Country Sports
Participation in field and country sports bring certain inherent risks according to the nature of the particular sport that you are engaging in. By far the greatest of these risks arises from hunting and shooting with guns. There are numerous risks involved in hunting, which include the risk of being accidentally shot, of mishandling your weapon and causing yourself injury or the weapon malfunctioning because it is faulty or has not been properly maintained. Fly fishing can represent a risky activity if you encounter unexpected river swells, especially if you are not a proficient swimmer. You also run the risk of being injured by the wayward cast of a fellow angler if the fishing stations are not kept sufficiently far apart. Hunting with falcons, which is also gaining in popularity, also has hazards, especially if the bird is handled incorrectly.
Can I make a Claim if I have Been Injured in a Field and Country Sport?
The simple answer to this question is that the same legal principles apply to claims arising from field and country sports as to claims on any other circumstances. In other words, to make a claim it is necessary to show that you have been injured through the fault of someone else. The circumstances in which a claim may arise include where:
- Your injury was caused through you not being given adequate instruction by the organiser of the club or the event.
- You were injured by another participant as a result of their receiving inadequate instruction.
- You were injured by reason of the negligence of another participant.
- You were injured as a result of being provided with faulty equipment.
- The injury was caused by the organiser failing to devise a safe system for the event.
- The equipment supplied to you caused the injury through being faulty or through lack of proper maintenance.
- You were deliberately injured by a fellow participant.
How to Make a Claim
In order to make a claim for compensation you will need to consult a personal injury lawyer, who will preferably be one with experience in this field. The team at Accinet have been fighting and winning personal injury cases just like yours for years and they offer their services on a no win no fee basis. You should bear in mind that because participation in these sports is risky in itself, it may be difficult to establish that the accident was caused entirely through the fault of another person. An experienced lawyer will be in the best position to advise you about this, the likelihood of a claim succeeding and the amount of compensation that you might receive. Any claim will need to be made within three years to prevent it from becoming statute barred.