Farleys Solicitors has been instructed to act on behalf of a competitor in a recent Ironman event.
Ironman events are notoriously difficult and often push the body to its limit by enduring a long distance triathlon. They are considered one of the hardest events in the world and come with a strict 17 hour time limit with no breaks. Events are arranged across the world by numerous companies and charities.
On this occasion the competitor was taking part in a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a 26 mile run. When commencing the swim competitors quickly became aware that the water was only 12 inches deep, which resulted in several competitors being injured from landing on rocks beneath the water surface.
The injuries resulted in serious damage to the competitor’s right foot and ankle.
Such events are taken very seriously by competitors and they usually train for several months beforehand to ensure they’re at optimum fitness. Injury can have a significant impact on overall health and can leave competitors unable to take part in future competitions. It can also affect their ability to work and in turn leave competitors at a financial loss.
Charities and companies have a duty of care when organising such events and each competitor’s health and safety should be heavily considered. Whilst on most occasions these events are trouble free, there are moments when things go wrong. Attempts by organisations to avoid liability by getting competitors to sign a waiver or exemption are unlikely to succeed in these circumstances.
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this blog then please speak to one of our experienced personal injury solicitors by calling 0845 287 0939. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form.