When we receive a query entitled ‘local club football injury – how do I claim?’ our first priority is to work out if a claim is possible. There is a standard limit of three years on most claims, although an adult can claim on behalf of a child at any point before that child turns 18. Claims can only be made if immediate medical treatment was received for the injuries, because a formal medical record is needed. This usually means that you will need to have visited your doctor, even if you were given first aid on the pitch after a football injury. Accident Advice Helpline has a dedicated team of highly trained staff ready to take you through these issues, so if there’s anything you are unsure about, you can give them a call. They’re available day and night and you’ll find them friendly and easy to talk to.
Pursuing a claim for a football injury
Although we’ll never pressure you to pursue a claim with us, we are happy to help if you decide that’s what you want to do. We’ll start by providing a solicitor who specialises in sports-related injuries. Although it’s possible to claim with a general solicitor, the complexities of law and precedents in relation to sport mean that an expert can give you a better chance of winning. You don’t need to be wealthy to use such a solicitor, as our specialist solicitors work on a no win no fee* basis. Once started, your solicitor will collect evidence in support of your claim. You can help with this by passing on the contact details of the club and of anybody who witnessed your accident. It also helps if you can take photographs of your injuries, even if all that is visible externally is bruising and swelling. Sometimes football injuries can leave one leg looking quite different from the other, in which case getting a photo of both together makes the damage more apparent. Because we appreciate that it’s difficult to get around on an injured leg, we’ll arrange for as much of your case as possible to be handled over the phone. If you need to sign any documents, they can be delivered to you by courier. Often we are able to arrange good out of court settlements for our clients so that you won’t even have to travel for legal proceedings to take place.
What can compensation do?
Compensation isn’t just about a lump sum of money that makes you feel happier. A local football club injury can potentially result in ongoing problems and if that is the case, you’ll receive money to help pay for any care you need and for any specialist medical help that is not available on the NHS. It can even pay for your home to be adapted if, for instance, you are expected to have long term difficulty in moving about or climbing the stairs. It’s designed to restore your independence so that, whatever your circumstances, you can return to living a full and satisfying life.