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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

    Can you claim for a sports injury?


    Football. You either love it, hate it or you go mental for it! If you play football though (or any other sport for that matter), and you are injured then it’s just another part of the game isn’t it? People that actively engage in sporting activities do so in the knowledge there is at least some risk of injury.

    But can you can claim for a sports injury if it occurred because of an accident that was not your fault? Well, if it involved faulty sports equipment then yes, possibly.

    Football ball posts collapsing on to a keeper or other player, for instance, could be grounds for a claim – if this happened then the question may well be when can you claim for a sports injury?

    And the quick answer to that one is – right after you have seen a doctor or healthcare professional about your injury.

    For any sports related injury to have a chance of success, then certain criteria have to be met – and these actually apply to all no win no fee cases, so this should be of special interest to anybody thinking of making an injury claim in this way.

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    The no win, no fee criteria

    The accident must not be your fault

    Whether it be a manufacturer, an employer or somebody responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of equipment – the fault has to lie with somebody other than yourself.

    You must have sought medical help/advice

    After the accident, you need to have had some form of help for your injuries from a medical professional. This will help gauge the severity of your injuries, which will form a part of your case, and also prove that you were actually hurt as a result of this accident and not something else unrelated.

    No more than three years can have passed between accident and claim

    There is a time limit, between the two, that UK courts will accept before liability passes. Three years is deemed more than enough time to organise your case and present it – if you wait any longer than this to file a claim, it will not be accepted and you have no case. There are exceptions, though, such as minors – they are permitted more time and this is discretionary. Cases involving disease also are handled differently; the three years extends from the date of discovery of the disease and not the date of contraction.

    If you can meet these three criteria, then you should most certainly give us a call – our number is at the top of this page.

    To recap:

    Can you claim for a sports injury? Yes

    When can you claim for a sports injury? Right after you see your doctor

    So, what are you waiting for? Call us today on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: 4th May 2014

    Author: David Brown

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