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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Referee Accident Counselling

    If you are struggling with the psychological after-effects of a referee accident that was not your fault, it could be useful for you to receive referee accident counselling.

    What is a referee accident?

    A referee accident can be defined as an incident resulting in either minor or severe injuries, which takes place in a sports or games related environment. This does not only include sports in a professional capacity, but any event which has been independently organised by a third party or organisation. It can include injuries relating to broken or damaged equipment, poorly-maintained environments, unclear safety instructions or unsuitable items of clothing.

    Whilst you cannot claim for an injury resulting from personal negligence – for example, a failure to adhere to clear warnings and safety signals, or a refusal to wear the correct uniform – you may be eligible for compensation if your injuries are the result of uneven surfaces, broken bats or other equipment, inappropriate uniforms or being forced to play in unsuitable conditions.

    In order to be eligible for compensation, your accident needs to have occurred within the last three years. It must also have been the result of negligence, on the part of a third party.

    Why should I make a claim?

    A referee accident can be painful, and it could lead to chronic aches and strains in the weeks and months after the incident. There may also be some psychological trauma; in this case your doctor may decide to refer you for referee accident counselling. If you opt for treatment through the NHS there will be no charge for counselling. However, if you decide to opt for private treatment, you will have to pay the costs.

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    For NHS treatment you will need a referral from a GP. For treatment at a private clinic, you will need the money to meet potentially very expensive rates. We understand that this can be very difficult, so as a part of the claims procedure, we will seek full (or partial) recovery of these medical costs. It is worth bearing this in mind when choosing a counsellor – especially if there are no NHS appointments available.

    How much will it cost me?

    There is no real way to tell how much private treatment may cost, before receiving an official referral from your GP. There are a wide variety of counselling services available in Great Britain, from the extremely sophisticated to the less expensive. It is entirely up to you what level of counselling you decide to embark upon – our job is simply to attempt to recover the costs.

    We cannot pay for your treatment, but we can fight to get the fees, or a portion of the fees, returned to you through a personal injury claim. Our expert lawyers work on a no win, no fee basis, so you won’t have to pay any upfront charges to make a claim. You can call us any time on our free 24-hour helpline: 0800 180 4123.

    Date Published: October 18, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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