The phrase “No pain no gain” is common in sport. However, some injuries can not only end careers but can also prove debilitating in the long term. While some can happen purely as a result of a clash on the playing fields, sometimes someone may be liable for your injury. If that is the case, then you may be able to make a sporting injury accident claim.
When you may be able to make a claim
The difficulty with making a sporting injury accident claim is that sometimes it can be something completely accidental, and therefore nobody can be considered liable for it. However, there are some instances in which injuries can be prevented, such as:
- Faulty equipment: If equipment has not been repaired then the organisation responsible should be liable for your injuries, as they should have been aware of this and made sure that the equipment was either repaired or replaced;
- Poorly maintained surface: It doesn’t matter if a surface was vandalised before a game — it should be checked;
- Unsafe spectator areas: This can apply to spectators who are injured as a result of areas that have either been damaged or are not adequate for the amount of people attending; and
- Illegal tackles: If it can be proven that someone deliberately committed an illegal tackle, hold or similar which results in a severe injury, then it is possible to pursue a claim against the person who caused that injury.
It also doesn’t matter where the incident takes place, and it doesn’t matter if you are playing in the Premier League or playing cricket in the local village. If the proper precautions are not taken, a claim can still be made against the organisation running an event or a participant who deliberately sets out to injure someone.
Making a sporting injuries accident claim
It is easy to panic after an accident occurs. However, it is important to remain calm. Talk to people around you and make sure that they know what happened, as this will come in useful when pursuing a claim. Ideally, either you or someone you know ought to have a camera or phone camera to hand so that you can capture photographic evidence.
Once you have time, it is worth contacting us here at Accident Advice Helpline to get the advice you need. There are experts available who can discuss the details with you and give you an idea of whether or not you could pursue a claim. Accident Advice Helpline have been running for over 15 years and have been endorsed by Esther Rantzen, who for years has been a campaigner for consumer rights.
In short, it is worth getting in touch to find if you can make a claim to get the compensation that you deserve! Call us today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Sporting accident