Think of cricket and images of neatly cut grass, stumps, people dressed in white, and cricket balls and bats will come to mind. You probably won’t think of the injuries you could sustain from a cricket accident, nor will you think of the handful of people each year who end up making cricket accident claims following a mishap at a cricket match or similar venue. When you consider how the game is played though, it is easy to see how accidents can and do happen. You could be injured either whilst playing cricket or as a spectator – and in either case, if somebody else caused your accident then you could make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline. We have handled our fair share of cricket accident claims since we were established in 2000, and we could help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
How could you be injured in a cricket accident?
A cricket ball is very heavy and travels at speed when struck by a cricket bat. That means there is a chance of injury if someone is struck by the ball. The role of a coach in preventing a cricket accident is crucial, as they should teach good practice and make players aware of safety equipment, such as the helmet they should wear when batting. As well as being hit by the ball, here are a few of the other types of accidents which could easily occur whilst playing cricket:
- Slips, trips and falls on uneven ground or over kit left lying around
- Being hit by the bat if somebody swings it near you
- Being injured by faulty equipment – for example if the bat flies off the handle
- Being injured by faulty safety equipment, such as a faulty helmet – or due to lack of safety equipment
- Injuries caused by negligent players who have not been taught good practice
In all these cases, somebody else could be held liable for your injuries and you could have a valid claim for compensation. There’s no reason why cricket accident claims should be any more complex than any other type of personal injury claim, so even if you’re unsure who’s to blame after your accident, you could get in touch with us.
Common cricket accident injuries
From broken bones to facial injuries, there are some types of injuries that are more common amongst cricket players than others. If you’re hit in the face by a bat or ball, you’re likely to sustain facial injuries such as facial fractures (a broken nose or fractured eye socket, for example), cuts and bruises, or even a serious head injury. You could sustain an eye injury that affects your sight either temporarily or permanently, or an ear injury that affects your hearing. More minor injuries, such as those sustained from slips, trips and falls, include sprained ankles and wrists, cuts and bruises, back injuries and dislocated shoulders. The treatment you will need will depend on your injuries, and if they are severe then you may require surgery or treatment in hospital. This could mean time off work, which can affect you financially.
Can cricketing accidents be prevented?
Largely, yes, if people know the appropriate steps to take to prevent a cricket accident. For example, anyone watching the match should be well back behind the players to ensure they are not within striking distance. Additionally, players should be taught good practice, and should be aware of any safety equipment they should wear if they are close to the action, i.e. bowling, or batting. Anybody responsible for the management of a cricket match, or training session, such as a coach or teacher, for example, should check that equipment is safe to use and well maintained – this includes things like cricket bats, balls and helmets as well as other safety equipment. Getting into the habit of checking equipment before a training session or match takes place can go a long way towards preventing accidents from happening, and avoiding unnecessary cricket accident claims.
Knowing the treatment for injuries sustained from a cricket accident will help people give relevant first aid treatment in the unlikely event something goes wrong at the match. Even in training, things can go wrong, and people may be hurt when they least expect it. Emergency care is sometimes needed too, especially if someone is struck on the head by the ball.
Find out more about making cricket accident claims now
If you’ve been injured while playing cricket, or while spectating at an event, you have three years in which to make a claim. This is why it’s a good idea to contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible after your accident, but at any rate within three years, as if you miss this deadline, you could find out you have missed your opportunity to claim compensation. Few people will know how to claim compensation for a cricket accident, but you need only call us to find out the answers you are looking for. Our expert advisors offer confidential advice on a no-obligation basis, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch with us. In addition, Accident Advice Helpline can reveal the cost of making a cricket accident claim does not have to leave you feeling stressed. That’s because our lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis, so there are no legal fees to worry about upfront.
If you call us on 0800 689 5659, one of our friendly advisors will be able to talk you through all this and more in detail, with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the claims process. Why not get in touch with us today to find out if we can help you get the compensation you are entitled to after your accident?