You may be able to make a wrestling venue accident claim if you have suffered an injury at a wrestling venue and you believe that you suffered that injury due to someone else’s actions or negligence.
Wrestling is a colourful sport and is very popular. It can be a good revenue earner for a venue, but when staging wrestling events a venue must ensure that it follows health and safety regulations in order to ensure that both the wrestlers and the spectators are not exposed to undue risks.
All sports carry a risk of injury and wrestling is a contact sport that can result in serious injuries. Wrestlers can suffer from a range of injuries such as concussion, cauliflower ear, scrapes, bruises and tongue cuts. The most common injuries in wrestling, which are responsible for the most treatments, surgeries and lost time, are those to the shoulder, head, skin and knee. Most wrestlers will of course expect to be injured during their career, and courts will agree that anyone who chooses to engage in wrestling has accepted a certain degree of risk. However, there are steps that wrestling venues can take to minimize these risks. Equipment should be of a good quality and this includes mats, headgear, pads and uniforms. For wrestling venues that offer coaching, that coaching should be of a good quality and wrestlers should be supervised at all times. Those who officiate at wrestling bouts should also be well trained, as good officiating can reduce the risk of injuries by curbing reckless or dangerous behaviour by some individuals.
Responsibilities of venues
Wrestling venues do not just have to consider the participants in the wrestling bouts; they also have a duty of care towards spectators. All sporting venues have to carry out risk assessments and have adequate crowd control measures in place. Any individual who suffers an injury due to faulty equipment may be able to claim compensation for their injuries. For example, if the seating at the wrestling venue were to collapse, or an individual tripped over some loose cabling, the venue could be liable. Other issues such as inadequate crowd control, poor lighting and lack of warning signs may also lead to a personal injury claim.
Making a claim
If you have been injured at a wrestling venue and want to know if you can make a wrestling venue accident claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert lawyers have years of experience of advising and assisting individuals with their personal injury claims. We handle a wide range of claims including personal injury claims for sporting venues. Our advisors will be able to tell you if you have a valid claim, and what sort of evidence you should be able to provide to support your claim. They will also be able to advise you on any additional items that you may be able to claim. For example, if as a result of your injuries you had to travel to visit a physiotherapist or had to pay for prescriptions, you may be able to claim that money back.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown