If you are keen to find out whether or not it is possible for you to make a wheelchair basketball accident claim, a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline could make everything clear. Our highly trained advisers deal with similar cases all the time and will soon be able to work out what are your options.
They may even be able to estimate how much money you could get, helping you to make a clearer decision. This won’t cost you anything and doesn’t oblige you to claim through us, so it is a good idea whether or not you are ready to start a claim yet.
Wheelchair basketball – the risks
Anybody who plays wheelchair basketball knows there are risks attached, but knowing this doesn’t mean that you forfeit your right to compensation if health and safety rules are broken.
If you did not receive suitable training, if you were pressured into playing despite an existing injury, if there were unsafe conditions on the court or if you were hurt because another player behaved dangerously, you could be entitled to make a wheelchair basketball accident claim. This applies to injuries of all kinds, from dislocated finger joints to sprained arms or broken shins.
If you are injured, you should see a doctor as soon as possible and not just rely on your club physio or a first aider. This is because there needs to be a formal assessment of your injuries in order to make it possible to claim compensation. You will normally have three years in which to claim, but if you were a minor when the accident happened, that period is automatically extended until you reach the age of 21.
Making a wheelchair basketball accident claim
Making a wheelchair basketball accident claim can be challenging, especially if you are playing in league games and you are worried about upsetting influential people. That is why here at Accident Advice Helpline, we will find you a highly qualified sporting accident solicitor who is used to dealing with situations like this.
This approach will not only give you a better chance of winning compensation, it will help to ensure that you do not experience discrimination within the game. We often find, in fact, that other athletes welcome claims like this because they recognise that a successful claim usually results in action being taken to make the sport safer.
How claiming can help you
Compensation payouts are always geared around the needs of the victim, which means that you need to be clear with your solicitor about how your wheelchair basketball accident has affected you. We recognise that when you have a disability it is harder to do day-to-day tasks in a different way to work around an injury.
With this in mind, we can press for you to receive extra assistance or special equipment to help you to get by as you recover from your accident. Your compensation can also cover the costs of things like having to take time off work.
To find out more about making a wheelchair basketball accident claim or any other aspect of accident compensation, just give us a call on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: David Brown