The question “I was injured as a sports spectator – do I have a claim?” may raise some eyebrows, but the plain fact is that people have suffered injury, sometimes very serious injuries and even fatalities, at sporting events. If you did suffer an injury while watching sport, whether you are entitled to claim compensation or not will depend on the circumstances.
To make any claim for compensation, no matter what the circumstances are, you will have to be shown as not being the author of your own misfortune. It is also necessary to prove who was actually responsible for your injury.
If you were merely watching a sporting event there is a good chance you were not responsible for your injury. Proving who was liable may be more contentious. The owners of the venue, be it a club or other organisation, do have a duty of care to you and the rest of the spectators. People attending motor sports see notices displayed pointing out the potential risk to spectators. Spectators at ice hockey games are advised to keep their eye on the puck in case a ricochet sees it flying towards them, while football fans are forbidden from going on the pitch. However, those watching sports still, very occasionally do get injured, and if they do they may be able to make a claim.
The venue and health and safety
Health and safety regulations demand the sporting venue is a safe for you to watch games and events. The structure should have been checked to see if is secure, strong, and safe to use. It should be properly lit with appropriate signs in place. Also the venue owners should have performed a risk assessment. If any of these requirements are not met and you are injured, you may well have a claim.
What to do if you suffer an injury as a spectator
If you are injured while watching a sporting event and it was not your fault you may well be able to making a sports injury claim. Our specialist sports injury solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to make an assessment of your case, and if it is found you do have grounds for a claim, will represent you.
Even if the owners of the venue do make an offer you are advised to discuss it with us first before accepting or declining it. This is because they may be offering you the money to save face and avoid bad publicity rather than being interested in your welfare. What is more, the amount may well be less than what a court would order them to pay.
There is also the chance your claim will be contested. In those cases we will be able to fight your claim for you.
How much will you charge to represent me?
We will open your for free and provide any representation on a 100% no win fee basis. If the claim is unsuccessful you will not have to pay us anything.
To find out more or to discuss your accident in more detail give our advisers a call on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 14, 2013
Author: David Brown