Many people participate in some sort of sports for the health benefits they bring, as well as the social aspect of meeting and interacting with other like-minded people. Those with athletic abilities may decide to take part in track and field activities in order to keep fit or to indulge a competitive spirit.
Like anyone who takes part in sport of any nature, athletes frequently suffer injuries of one kind or another. We often assume that most of the time they are simply an occupational hazard which all athletes must accept as part and parcel of their sporting pursuits. We don’t usually tend to think about them in terms of injuries that could lead to compensation claims. But there are many instances of athletic injuries where the victim is in no way at fault, and somebody else may be legally responsible.
Athletic injuries which may lead to compensation claims
Athletic injuries may occur as a result of faulty equipment, or because of shortcomings of the facilities, examples of which may include:
- a poorly maintained track
- sandpits of inadequate depth to provide a safe landing for long jump and triple jump
- protruding or unprotected surrounds to sandpits
- failure to remove items such as rakes from sandpits
- soft landing equipment of inadequate depth or quality for high jump and pole vaulting events
There are also many documented cases of athletic injuries which have come about when an innocent party has been inadvertently hit by the implements used in throwing events. It’s easy to imagine the damage that a javelin, discus, shot put or hammer can inflict if they hit a person at high velocity. These sorts of athletic injuries can cause serious injury and even death. Adequate safety measures should be in place to protect other people in the vicinity from injury, whether they are athletes taking part in other events at the same venue, those officiating at such events, or spectators.
Can I claim?
If you have suffered any of the above or indeed any other type of athletic injuries in the last three years, you will want to know whether you have a valid claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s foremost advice and compensation providers and we have a nationwide panel of independent specialist solicitors’ firms at our disposal to handle your claim.
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Our advisers can help confirm the validity of your claim. If you decide to go ahead, your case will be referred to one of our legal partners who will handle your case on a no win no fee* basis. What have you got to lose? Call today.
Date Published: 4th March 2013
Author: David Brown