Organised football on the common can be exceptional fun for children. It can, however, also be dangerous and accidental injuries may occur at any given time. Who is liable if your child gets injured while playing organised football on the common depends on the circumstances.
Dangers of organised football on the common
Football is classed as an impact sport and as such carries an inherent risk of football-related injuries. This means that when you permit your child to participate in organised football on the common, you do so at your, and your child’s, own risk.
However, there are some instances where the organisers of such events, the other players, or their parents, may be held liable for personal injuries.
When organisers or others may be liable
If, for example, a child is injured by a slip, trip and fall in changing areas or rooms or on footpaths leading to the pitch, organisers could be held liable for their trip, slip and fall injury if:
- They were aware of the hazard causing the slip or trip
- Had time to remove or at least adequately mark the hazard
- Did nothing to prevent slips, trips and falls
Others may be liable for a football injury if your child was hurt during a deliberately vicious tackle, for instance.
If food and drinks are offered, which is often the case at these organised events, someone else may also be liable for any injuries by scalding, burns or food poisoning outbreaks.
In any of these cases, you or your child may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
If you think you have a claim
If you believe that you may be entitled to personal injury compensation for an injury at a football game, whether it was caused by a slip, trip or fall, a nasty tackle, or excessively hot or contaminated food or drinks, you should contact us, Accident Advice Helpline, as soon after the accident occurred as possible. This will help us to confirm your claim eligibility and get an in-house lawyer assigned to your case.
You can get in touch with us via our website, simply complete the 30-second test. Alternatively, call our helpline on freephone number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Both lines are confidential, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and are entirely obligation-free. All cases are dealt with on a no-win, no-fee* basis by experienced lawyers specialising in your type of personal injury claim.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice