To an extent, there is always a risk when you participate in sport, especially if it is a contact sport. However there is a difference between an acceptable level of risk and deliberately or recklessly placing people in harm’s way.
Talking to a professional law firm can help you to see if your sports injuries claims can be followed up.
Factors behind a claim
- Environmental – If a field is a bit bumpy and you trip over, it is difficult to say that you could get compensation for it. However if a field is not properly inspected and you cut yourself on some glass or it is clearly not a suitable surface to play on then it is more likely that you will be able to make a claim.
- Equipment – Faulty equipment increases the risk of injury which is why it needs to be replaced on a regular basis. This is especially the case if you or anyone else has previously made a complaint and it has not been followed up.
- Dangerous play – This is a more contentious issue. The reason is that you have to clearly prove that the opponent set out to injure you. There have been numerous high profile cases of this and it is often debated. However in the case when there is no doubt it is possible to make a claim.
How to make sports injuries claims
It is best to speak to a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline after you have received the necessary medical treatment. They can discuss the case with you and help to ascertain whether or not it is possible to make a claim and, if so, the amount you could be able to claim.
There are various ways you can improve your chances of success:
- Get witness reports of the incident – this can include team mates, officials and any first aiders on the field as well as any spectators who had a good view of the incident.
- If the problem is a surface take photos or get someone else to take photos of the surface
- If you have previously mentioned a problem such as problems with the surface, keep copies of any correspondence to prove you mentioned it previously.
- Get details of your medical treatment and get a note from your doctor detailing the extent of your injuries
- Keep all receipts and give details of any lost earnings – including regular overtime – if the injury is severe enough that you can’t work
Why Accident Advice Helpline?
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people pursue claims for over 13 years and are endorsed by consumer rights champion Esther Rantzen.
We have experienced professionals on hand to answer your enquiries and to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown