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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Duty of care – Sports injuries


    Anyone involved in sport, whether amateur, semi-pro or professional, knows there is always a risk of injury, especially in contact games such as rugby or football. But there may be times when a sports injury claim has to be made. This happens when there has not been duty of care shown, which can result in sports injuries.

    What is a duty of care in sport?

    The duty of care in sport covers the facilities used and the actions and behaviour of the participants.  For instance, if a game is to be played on a pitch it should be safe to play on. If it is not, for example if it is frozen or waterlogged, and a player is injured then it can be deemed that the duty of care was not met. In such a case the injured sportsman or woman may be able to put in a sports injury claim. Liability may be deemed to be down to the match official who failed to call a postponement or even the owners of the venue.

    The participants, or players, can also be deemed to not have shown a duty of care if their actions are reckless and they cause an injury to another player.

    In short, if the duty of care at a sport event is breached, either by the owners of the facility or one of the participants, and someone sustains a sports injury then there may well be grounds for compensation.

    Because of the very nature of most sports injuries, it is very rare that a player will come through his or her playing career without suffering some kind of injury.  But if someone is injured and feels it occurred because the duty of care owed had not been met, they have every right to consider lodging a sports injury claim.

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    Sports injury claims can be difficult to prove. Aside from the more obvious unfit pitch, who can, in the heat of the moment, differentiate between the rough and tumble of the game, and the actions of an opponent who sets out to deliberately cause injury?  This is why it is wise to contact our specialist sports injury solicitors who will determine if you actually do have grounds for a compensation claim, and can then advise and represent you.

    How to make claim for sports injuries

    To prove you that you were not responsible for your sports injury, and that there was a failure to meet a duty of care, you should take the name and contact details of the match official who will have had to write a report for his or her own governing body. If a video was taken of the match or event and the incident was filmed, that could also provide critical evidence.  It is also important you see your doctor as his or her report on your injuries could determine the amount of any compensation award.

    No win no fee*

    The sports injury solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline will represent you on a no win no fee* basis. That means there are no upfront fees and nothing to pay if you lose.

    What have you got to lose? Give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: October 14, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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