Sport injury cases are on the rise. There is an increasing popularity of extreme sports, a growing interest in skiing and skating and the more dangerous winter activities such as snowboarding and snowmobiling. This is the motorised version of snowboarding in which speed and slippery surfaces can combine into an accident waiting to happen. Many of the new winter sports are inspired by the Winter Olympics, wonderful to watch but maybe not so good to copy. During the rest of the year, sport injury cases arise from contact sports such as team games, or strenuous sports such as tennis or squash, or the build-up of stress and strain over longer periods such as marathon runners suffer.
The most common sport injury types
Sprain – a stretch or tear of the ligament around a joint
Strain – muscle strain in which muscles or tendon are overstretched or torn, as in “pulling a muscle”
Tear of the anterior cruciate ligament – in the knee. Healing can take a long time
Tennis elbow – swelling and tenderness in the outside of the elbow from overuse of the forearm
Golfer’s elbow – similar to tennis elbow but it occurs on the inside of the joint
Runner’s knee – a sore knee from the wearing away of cartilage under the knee cap
Broken Limb – a fracture of the bone from any kind of collision
Head injuries – concussion resulting from a bad knock to the head. It can range from temporary dizziness and brain injury to more serious damage
Claiming for sport injury compensation
In some cases, the sports injuries may be due to the negligence or actions of a third party, in which case the sufferer may be able to claim compensation. If this is the case, and the claimant needed medical attention and the incident took place within the last three years, it could be possible to start a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
It is not always easy to know where you stand in the law, whether your claim might be eligible and if it is, which kind of solicitor you need because personal injury law covers such a broad range of legal areas. This is where we can help. Start by taking our 30-second online test to see if you are eligible to claim for your sports injury, then answer a few questions to give us detail about the injury. We will refer it to our panel of experts who will estimate the possible value of your claim, based on similar cases we have represented.
If you decide to go ahead with your claim, we will refer you to one of our hundreds of solicitors around the UK. All our solicitors have a wealth of experience and work on a strictly no win no fee basis. We have over fifteen years experience specialising in personal injury claims. We are pleased to say that Esther Rantzen, the consumer champion, is our patron.
Get in touch on 0800 180 4123 to see how we can help you. All our advisors are friendly and sympathetic and if we can’t answer your question immediately, we’ll get back to you.
Date Published: 26th January 2013
Author: David Brown