If you have been injured playing hockey then you may find yourself in line to make a personal injury claim. Hockey accident claims are more common than you might think, and the injuries you could sustain from a hockey accident can range from minor injuries such as cuts and bruises through to serious, life-changing injuries like a head injury or eye injury. Don’t underestimate the role of a coach in preventing a hockey accident – they are there to ensure that all players stay safe.
So if you think that your coach has been negligent and you have been injured as a result, you could find yourself eligible to make a no win no fee claim with Accident Advice Helpline. You don’t even need to have been playing hockey to be injured – we have handled hockey accident claims when spectators have been hit by flying pucks or balls, and these injuries have the potential to be very serious indeed.
Preventing hockey accidents
There are steps to take to prevent a hockey accident – and things that coaches or anybody in charge should also be doing to ensure the safety of players. Things like ensuring that equipment you are using is well maintained, making sure all players are aware of the rules and breaking up any fights or issues on the pitch before they escalate are all important. So what happens if coaches or anybody else in charge does not ensure that players (and spectators) are safe? Well, if you have been injured and you feel that your accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence, we could help you to make a personal injury claim within three years of your accident.
If you are a spectator who has been injured then the venue management could be held liable for your injuries, as it’s their job to keep anybody on the premises safe. But you can take steps to reduce your risk of being injured whilst watching a hockey game, such as being aware of your surroundings and avoiding distraction – you’re less likely to be hit in the face with a hockey puck if you are paying attention rather than looking at your mobile phone.
What treatment did you need after your hockey accident?
It’s also important to ensure that treatment for injuries sustained from a hockey accident is administered promptly, whether you need emergency first aid or to attend hospital for treatment. If you have suffered an injury that requires medical attention then you’ll find you’re likely to be eligible to claim compensation, provided somebody else caused your accident. If you have sustained a minor injury such as lacerations or a sprained ankle, then you may just need to have your injuries assessed by a doctor. However, more serious injuries such as a fracture or a head injury may require spending time in hospital for treatment and rehabilitation. This may mean taking time off work to recover, and if this has happened to you then you could be eligible to claim compensation for the cost of your medical treatment (if not provided for free on the NHS) as well as any loss of earnings you have suffered.
Common hockey accident injuries
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people from all walks of life make hockey accident claims since 2000, and we have an experienced team of personal injury lawyers ready to help you with your claim. Whether you’ve been injured as a player or a spectator or you’re claiming on behalf of a family member who has been injured, here are a few examples of the most common types of injuries we have handled hockey accident claims for:
- Lacerations from hockey sticks, ice (in ice hockey) or a fall
- Head injuries such as concussion or even a brain injury after being hit by a hockey puck or involved in a tackle
- Facial injuries such as a facial fracture, cuts and bruises and so on
- Eye injuries which could affect your vision temporarily or permanently
- Loss of teeth after a tackle/brawl or after being hit in the face by a puck
If you’ve been injured and somebody else was at fault for your accident, such as another player, your coach or even the venue management, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation after your accident. There is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, so it’s a good idea to get in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident.
What if you can’t afford to make a claim?
One of the main reasons to make a claim for compensation after an accident is that you and your family may be struggling financially as a result of your injuries. If you have sustained serious injuries and been forced to take time off work for treatment and to recover, then your earnings can be affected. You may be eligible to claim statutory sick pay, but it can be difficult to stay on top of your household expense when you are living on a small percentage of your salary, which is why hockey accident claims can be helpful, as we could help you to claim compensation for your loss of earnings.
However, many people don’t realise that they could make a no win no fee claim with Accident Advice Helpline, and so they miss the opportunity to claim as they assume they won’t be able to afford the upfront legal fees. We think that anybody who has been injured is entitled to claim compensation, which is why there are no fees payable upfront when you decide to make a claim with us, however you have been injured.
Making hockey accident claims
If you’re wondering how to claim compensation for a hockey accident or the cost of making a hockey accident claim then you should get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Hockey accident claims don’t have to be complicated, but it’s best to call Accident Advice Helpline sooner rather than later. To find out more about making a claim or get advice from one of our expert advisors, just call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 5659.
Our personal injury lawyers and advisors have over 16 years’ experience in the industry, helping people just like you to make hockey accident claims and claims for other sporting accidents caused by somebody else’s negligence. We’re here to make sure you get the compensation you deserve, and all advice is offered on a no-obligation basis.