We all know that physical sports carry with them a certain level of risk for those involved. Injuries in sports can sometimes occur that are not preventable and are simply a part of a game. So, a person who has consented to play sports is considered to have agreed to this usual level of risk of injury. However, if an injury occurs that is not part of normal play, it may be possible to claim compensation for injuries in sports. It can be a confusing and upsetting time in the aftermath of an accident so we have made it easy to take a 30 second test to get the ball rolling and see if you are entitled to compensation for injuries in sports.
Who can claim
It is not only professional sports people that are entitled to claim compensation when they are injured whilst taking part in a sporting activity. Anyone who suffers injuries in sports related activities whether taking part on a professional, semi-professional, amateur or recreational basis, should be entitled to claim compensation if someone else is to blame for the incident. For blame to exist, the contact has to be reckless or dangerous and beyond the normal range to be expected in the particular sport. There may be a failure to supervise, referee or umpire the sport or activity.
Injuries in sports can happen in a variety of ways, including:
- Team sports
- Exercise classes
- Fitness clubs or gyms
- Motor sports
- Physical education at school or college
- Physical training in the army
- Outdoor pursuits (e.g. climbing, horse riding etc.)
- Winter sports (such as skiing or skating)
- Water sports
- Motivation and team building exercises
Circumstances which mean you could claim
There are certain circumstances under which a sports injury can occur due to negligence. For example: A dangerous defect present on a pitch, court, equipment or other sporting facility. If a referee or umpire did not fulfil their duty to make all reasonable efforts to prevent unnecessary risks. Inadequate supervision or training where it would normally be required can give rise to injuries in sports. Incorrect instructions from a formal instructor or trainer. Reckless or dangerous conduct by players. Unsafe or poorly maintained equipment and facilities. These types of accident would not be considered part of the normal, reasonable conduct that a player would consent to and could give rise to a compensation claim. In most cases, sporting venues, schools and clubs will have liability insurance in place to cover such injuries in sports.
Sports injuries can be serious and may result in a significant loss of earnings for the person affected or other financial losses in addition to the pain of the injury. Accident Advice Helpline can help if you believe you may be entitled to claim. Call us on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 21st January 2013