Sports injury is a touchy area of the law relating to compensation. Often it can be difficult to prove whether or not the actions that lead to an injury are deliberately disproportionate or merely part of normal play.
Some sport is just inherently dangerous – of that there can be no doubt. A leading sports journal has concluded that protective headgear worn by rugby players during matches does little to protect against brain and spinal injury, although it maybe protect against scalp lacerations and facial damage.
They have called for greater awareness of the implications of poor and undisciplined tackling on the sports field, saying that strategies should be made available to all rugby players so that these athletes can spend more time playing on the field than recovering off of the field.
When a sports injury is more than part of play
These injuries may be seen as part of normal play, but there is a point when a sports injury is more than part of play and at which the law could become involved – there is a difference between a bad tackle and a malicious one. Take also the example of motor racing – arguably the most dangerous of all – drivers get hurt all the time because they accept that what they are doing is dangerous. But if something happens due to negligence, then things are different. Or what if their car lets them down because of a faulty part, and they end up injured as a result.
Most people won’t become an F1 driver or a Premiership footballer. But if they are injured playing sport, as difficult as it may be, it is not impossible to be compensated for any injuries.
If it can be proved that the organisers of the game or event in which you were participating were negligent in some way, or if the ground or venue was somehow in dangerous condition, then there may be a valid case.
Speak to the experts
When a sports injury is more than part of play, you need the best legal representation on your side if you want to claim compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have the expertise to give your claim its best chance of success, so get in touch with us without delay.
We have over 16 years of experience in personal injury claim, for all types of accidents and injuries. Speak to our friendly advisors and they will tell you honestly if your claim has a chance of winning. You can chat to them in confidence without committing yourself to making a claim.
Find out if you can make a claim today by ringing 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 4, 2010
Author: David Brown