Rugby players can be more at risk of being injured in an accident than players of some other sports, because rugby involves a fair degree of contact. Rugby accident claims can include claims for minor injuries or more serious ones, and depending on what injuries you could sustain from a rugby accident, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
All contact sports are riskier than those that don’t generally involve any contact at all. But rugby players do everything they can to stay safe, and to protect their fellow players. Most games do not result in any injuries occurring to anyone involved. Conversely, when injuries do happen, they are mostly chalked up to bad luck – and indeed, this is typically true. Rugby players accept the game comes with risks, but they don’t worry too much about those risks and do what they can to minimise them.
It is cases where people are hurt through negligence that lead to the potential for rugby accident claims to occur, and that is what we are about to find out more about.
What role does the referee play?
The role of a referee in preventing a rugby accident is to ensure that everybody is playing by the rules, and to break up tackles or fights before anybody is injured. If something untoward is happening on the pitch and the referee fails to take action, they could be held responsible if anybody is injured.
Again, such situations are very uncommon. Most referees are very experienced, know all there is to know about the sport, and know what to watch for as well. You would be unfortunate indeed to suffer an injury while playing rugby because the referee failed to take appropriate care or action against it happening.
However, you might be reading through this article precisely because such an incident has already occurred. Even if you were hurt playing rugby and you do not think the referee was at fault, someone else might have been negligent. It’s worth finding out if this is true, because if negligence was the cause, it could mean you could make one of the rugby accident claims made each year.
Preventing rugby accidents from happening
Prevention is always better than dealing with the aftermath of an accident or injury. There are several steps to take to prevent a rugby accident from happening, and these could include:
- Ensuring that the pitch is even and safe to play on
- Not playing in poor weather conditions
- Ensuring equipment (such as the rugby ball) is well maintained
- Making sure the referee understands their responsibilities
- Making sure all players are aware of the rules
By making sure these steps are taken, the risk of an accident is reduced, but if a player has been injured then it’s important that they receive prompt treatment for injuries sustained from a rugby accident. If you received medical treatment for your injuries and somebody else was to blame for your accident, then you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you have a viable claim for personal injury compensation.
More about treatment
Of course, any rugby-related injury should be seen to as quickly as possible. Minor ones can be treated by a first aider, but others might require urgent medical help. If a neck or back injury is suspected, the player should not be moved, but instead kept still and an ambulance should be called. This will ensure they are taken to hospital for proper investigations to be done, ensuring any injuries are protected and treated in the proper way.
Sometimes, a check-up will reveal no serious injuries, although you could still be treated for cuts, bruises, swelling, and other injuries you might have experienced. Even in this case, rugby accident claims could lead to smaller compensation awards being given. In every case, the evidence provided by your GP or hospital following your visit will help you move forward with your claim.
Rugby accident claims with Accident Advice Helpline
When it comes to handling rugby accident claims, Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience, so rather than wondering how to claim compensation for a rugby accident, just get in touch with us. There are no upfront fees to worry about, so the cost of making a rugby accident claim is not an issue. Our lawyers provide a 100% no-win, no-fee service, which means you can get in touch with us at any point after your accident to find out if you have a viable claim.
Just bear in mind there is a three-year window during which your claim must be made. If this doesn’t occur, it will be too late to go ahead with a claim – even if you do have evidence your injuries were caused by negligence. The only exception would be for a young player, as the three years begins from the date of their 18th birthday.
Whichever way you were injured, call us now
You may have suffered a dislocated shoulder, or a ligament tear to you knee, after a tackle that wasn’t allowed, or perhaps you have injured your ankle after a slip or trip on the pitch. Whatever has happened, give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and we’ll be able to help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.
Now you know how easy it is to benefit from our services, there is just one call you must make to find out whether a no-win, no-fee claim will work for you.
Date Published: 19th April 2017
Author: Rob Steen