Many people enjoy playing sports as a way to get some exercise and have some fun. However due to the physical nature of sports, injuries are always a risk. Most cases of injury in sports are simply unfortunate accidents for which no-one is to blame. But when the injuries sustained are not a normal part of the game and are caused by somebody else’s carelessness or negligence, they can sometimes lead to successful personal injury claims.
Clearly you would not be eligible for compensation if you simply tripped and fell whilst playing sports and injured yourself as a result. Nor would you have a valid claim if you were injured due to a legal tackle made in a contact sport such as football or rugby.
However, there are a number of circumstances in which a compensation claim could be brought if you have received an injury in sports. These might include:
- faulty equipment
- badly maintained playing surface
- illegal and irresponsible tackling in games such as rugby and football
And it’s not just the players who can be affected by injury in sports. Frequently spectators are also injured. This might be because of potentially dangerous overcrowding, inadequate stewarding and crowd control, unsafe seating or shelter, poor lighting or any other hazard which leads to spectator injury.
What to do after receiving any sort of injury in sports
In order to make a successful personal injury compensation claim, you will need to prove that another person was responsible for your personal injury. Taking the following steps will help in pursuing a successful claim for your injury:
- Report the incident to any staff and/or referee present
- Make a note in the accident book
- Take names and addresses of any witnesses to the incident
- If applicable, take photographs of the area where the accident happened or of the equipment you were using at the time
- Keep receipts for items such as prescriptions and travelling expenses that were incurred as a direct result of your injury
You should obviously seek medical advice as soon as possible after receiving any sort of injury in sports in order to establish the severity of your injury and help minimise any further damage. A medical report from the doctor who treated you will also be important evidence in support of your claim and will be requested by the solicitor dealing with your case.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the most established and experienced advice and compensation providers in the UK with more than 15 years’ experience in helping people who have suffered personal injury get the compensation they are entitled to. We work with one of the UK’s largest networks of specialist personal injury solicitors – several hundred nationwide – and will refer your case to the solicitor who is best placed to make a successful claim on your behalf.
Call our 24 hour-helpline on 0800 180 4123. Our highly trained advisors will assess the circumstances of your injury and help you start your no win no fee* claim.
Date Published: 22nd January 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Sports Injury Compensation