The vast majority of 5-a-side football injuries are as a result of slips, trips and falls. Depending on the circumstances, injuries sustained through accidents when playing 5-a-side football can range from minor bruises, cuts or grazes to serious muscle sprains, torn ligaments and broken bones.
Accidents when playing 5-a-side football
The most common accidents when playing 5-a-side football include:
- Trip and fall injuries caused by tackles
- Injuries by falling after jumping up to head a ball and/or colliding with another player (awkward landings in particular can cause potentially serious personal injuries)
- Slips and trips on wet and/or uneven pitches
Lack of fitness in occasional players and inadequate warm-up routines can also lead to muscle strains.
While accidents when playing 5-a-side football are part of the sport and can rarely be prevented, slips, trips or falls off the pitch are usually preventable. Effective measures to prevent slip, trip and fall injuries include, for instance, keeping car parks and pathways in good repair and clear of potential trip hazards; keeping indoor flooring dry, clean and free of clutter to prevent slip and trip injuries, and so on.
The right to claim
If you sustain an injury by slipping, tripping or falling in a public place and your slip, trip or fall could have been prevented, you may have the right to claim personal injury compensation. In essence, you qualify for compensation if your accidental injury was sustained within the last three years and your trip, fall or slip was caused by someone else’s negligence in their duty to prevent injuries to members of the public.
What to expect
Claimants are required to provide tangible evidence proving that their accident was caused by someone else. This may include statements by witnesses and attending emergency services (and their current contact details), photographs of the scene of your fall, slip or trip and anything else likely to support the case.
How to claim
Making a public liability claim is as easy as calling our 24/7 helpline on free phone number 0800 689 0500 and answering a few questions to confirm your eligibility to claim. If you prefer, you can use a mobile phone to call us. In this case, you should dial 0333 500 0993. Another way of contacting Accident Advice Helpline is to fill in the compensation calculator on our website. Either way, we will provide you with a highly qualified in-house solicitor to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown