It’s pretty well established that physical exercise and partaking in sport is good for our health, but the physical nature of exercise and sports can also leave people with serious sport injuries that are painful and that can have a huge impact on their lives and careers.
All sport has risks attached to it, but many sports injuries can be sustained through no fault of the sports person or the person undertaking the exercise. For example: A trainer pushing a player too hard, someone suffering an injury due to poor or defective equipment, a playing surface being defective or poorly maintained. Those are just a few examples of cases where a claim for compensation for sport injuries could be relevant. It doesn’t matter if you are an amateur or professional, if the accident was caused through no fault of your own or by somebody’s negligence, you could have a case for compensation. Take a moment now and take our 30 second test to see if you can claim compensation for sport injuries.
Claiming for sport injuries as a spectator
Sports people, players and exercise enthusiasts can suffer injuries, and sometimes spectators suffer personal injuries too. Spectators of sporting events should be entitled to enjoy the event without being at risk of sport injuries. Spectator injuries can be sustained if there is insufficient crowd control, adequate safety measures are not in place to protect spectators, too many spectators have been allowed in the sports ground, the spectators are exposed to hazards, unsafe seating or shelter has been used or there is inadequate lighting.
The Hillsborough Disaster is the most well-known case of spectator injury. In 1989, at Hillsborough Football Stadium, 96 people were killed when they were crushed and hundreds of people injured. The Taylor Report inquiry blamed failure of police control for the disaster.
If you suffer an injury while taking part in sport or an exercise class, or from watching an event, the first thing you should do is to seek medical attention. This will allow you to have the appropriate treatment for your sport injuries.
As soon as possible after the injury, you should get legal advice from specialist personal injury solicitors who can advise you on your case, let you know the likelihood of success, give you an idea of the potential compensation and build a personal injury case on your behalf. If you suffered the injury through no fault of your own whilst taking part in or watching a sport event, you should be able to make a claim for compensation for sport injuries which will allow you to move on with your life and compensate you for your suffering and the impact that the injury has had on your life.
Accident Advice Helpline can advise on particular circumstances in sport injuries and make sure that you claim within three years of the accident to assist towards a positive outcome. You can give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss things in more detail.
Date Published: 22nd January 2013
Author: David Brown