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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

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    Four potential football accident claims


    Slips, trips and falls at a football match

    A striker is running one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but before being able to go round him and inevitably score, a defender comes from behind and deliberately takes him out, breaking the striker’s leg in the process.

    The striker has to undergo an operation before spending eight weeks off work, losing out on valuable income and putting his mortgage payments at risk. As the foul appeared to be deliberate (although the leg break may not have been) and it was not his fault that his leg was broken, the striker may qualify for a slip, trip or fall compensation claim.

    Broken nose accident claim

    Two players challenge a high ball, one with his head and the other with his foot. Obviously, the player attempting to head the ball loses the challenge and gets a solid kick to the face, severely breaking his nose.

    As the player attempting to kick the ball was breaking the rules by having his foot at head height the victim would have a case for a sporting injury claim, particularly if he endured a loss of earnings through not being able to work for a period of time.

    Knee ligament damage accident claim

    Two players are involved in a 50-50 challenge but one appears to go in harder than the other, and with his studs up, seemingly committing a dangerous foul in the process. The impetus of the tackle forces the other player’s knee in an awkward direction and causes his knee ligaments to tear.

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    Such a serious injury can leave a player using crutches for months and could end all possibility of playing football ever again, meaning there would be a case to claim for personal injury compensation.

    Dislocated elbow accident claim

    A goalkeeper jumps up to try and catch a ball coming in from a corner, but an attacker deliberately tries to block him from getting the ball and fouls him. The goalkeeper lands awkwardly on his arms and dislocates his elbow.

    With the goalkeeper, who is a bricklayer by trade, clearly not able to work for at least six weeks, there would definitely be justification for him to make a compensation claim.

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