Did you know that rugby has the highest risk of injury per player of any sport? Or that 20% of all rugby injuries are shoulder injuries? This contact sport commonly leads to serious shoulder injuries, with 49% of injuries sustained during a rugby tackle. The majority of shoulder injuries in rugby will require surgery, and if you have suffered a dislocated shoulder playing rugby, it is highly likely that you have also sustained tears and damage to the surrounding tissue, ligaments and tendons in your shoulder.
Surgery is the easiest way to repair this damage and reduce the risk of future dislocations, as recurring shoulder injuries are not uncommon in this sport. Many people ask Accident Advice Helpline whether they can claim personal injury compensation for rugby shoulder injuries, and the answer is, it depends.
Can I claim compensation for a dislocated shoulder playing rugby?
If you have dislocated your shoulder due to somebody else’s negligence – usually another player – then you may be able to make a claim. If the referee or your coach sees another player behaving dangerously or tackling with inappropriate moves or force, they could be held liable for your injuries. Likewise, if you are training, or your child is at rugby training, and they are injured due to inadequate supervision and instruction, you could be eligible to claim compensation for a dislocated shoulder playing rugby.
Some people may argue that it is a risky sport and that you knew the risks when you decided to play – but that is like saying you know the risks of driving and should expect to be injured in an accident. If another player or a trainer/coach has behaved negligently, then Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim the compensation you are entitled to, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
How much compensation could I get for a rugby injury?
When working out your personal injury settlement, Accident Advice Helpline’s advisors and lawyers look at a number of different factors, including the severity of your injuries, their impact on your daily life and whether you have been left unable to work. We calculate every settlement on an individual basis, but for an idea how much you could claim, you can take the 30-second test on our website right now. Then pick up the phone and call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out if you have a viable claim and get more advice.