If you or someone you know wants to make a faulty sports equipment claim, then Accident Advice Helpline are here to help. Anyone who participates in any kind of sport is entitled to expect that the equipment they are using will be fit for purpose. Accordingly, the owners of sports venues and facilities, along with sporting event organisers, are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all equipment is professionally maintained.
In situations where this responsibility is ignored and the equipment fails to be safe for its intended purpose, accidents are likely to occur. If you sustain an injury as a result of such an accident, you might be eligible to file a sports injury compensation claim.
Who can make a faulty sports equipment claim?
You can make a faulty sports equipment claim if you have suffered an injury caused by defective sports equipment. This is the case whether you are an active participant, a spectator, a gym user or someone who has purchased training equipment to use at home.
You can claim compensation as long as you can prove that you were not responsible and that you did not cause the equipment to malfunction in any way. Additionally, you should have sustained injuries as a result of the accident for which you received medical attention. The accident should also have occurred within the three years prior to filing the claim.
Who is responsible for the accident?
While this depends on individual cases, anyone using sports equipment has a right to expect it to be safe and fit for use. It is the people who own or are responsible for the maintenance of the equipment who bear responsibility for the accident.
Whether you are a participant or spectator, you can claim compensation from the owner of the sports facility or the event organiser. On the other hand, if you sustained injuries while using faulty home training equipment, you can claim compensation from its manufacturer.
How to make the claim
There are a number of things that you can and should do in order to strengthen your faulty sports equipment claim. The first is to report the accident to a member of staff at the venue. Ensure that the accident is recorded in the relevant accident book.
Next, try to take photos of the venue and the equipment that caused the accident. Also, be sure that you receive medical treatment for any injuries you sustain. The doctor’s report and any photos will act as valuable evidence in your claim. It is also advisable to retain receipts for any expenses incurred, especially if you intend to claim compensation for them.
Finally, find a solicitor with enough experience in sports injury compensation claims to take up your case. This is where our team here at Accident Advice Helpline come in. We have built a brilliant team of qualified solicitors in the UK and can put you in touch with one who is suitably qualified to deal with your compensation claim.
Talk to us today
For more information on how to make a sports injury compensation claim, feel free to contact us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown