If you have been injured in a sporting accident, you might be wondering if you are entitled to claim compensation. Maybe you were injured because the equipment you were using was faulty, or maybe you encountered a deliberate and dangerous assault by another player on the football pitch. You might even have been a spectator at a sporting event, and sustained an injury in an unexpected accident. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your sporting injury, it could be worth your while chatting to Accident Advice Helpline.
We are experts in helping members of the public to claim personal injury compensation, and if you are eligible to make a claim, we will work hard to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Provided it has been three years or less since your accident, we’re here to get you the compensation you’re entitled to. Whether you have suffered minor or serious injuries, get in touch with us to find out if you are eligible to make a claim.
Common injuries sustained in a sporting accident
Some of the most common injuries you could sustain from a sporting accident include ankle sprains and knee injuries. Whether you play sport as part of a team or as an individual, you will probably encounter these kinds of injuries sooner or later. For the most part, they are purely down to the physical nature of the activity, and no one is at fault. However, in other cases, it may be that someone else was to blame for the accident. For example, if you rent substandard bikes at an outdoor pursuits centre, you could be placed in danger through no fault of your own. Under these circumstances, it could be relatively easy to prove who is liable for a sporting accident. Indeed, the owner of the centre will have been legally negligent in their obligation to safely maintain their bikes. As such, you may be able to pursue a claim against them.
- Accident on a sports pitch
- Accident at a football stadium
- Accident at a sports venue
- Sports injury compensation
What about if you are hit in the face by a hockey puck at an ice hockey match? The venue management could be held liable for your injuries, as they have a responsibility to ensure that spectators are safe. If you have sustained an injury after being tackled by another player – for example during a rugby match – then you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation if the tackle was unnecessary or violent. In situations like this, the referee should step in to protect the players, and if this did not happen then you could make a personal injury claim.
What treatment did you receive after your sporting accident?
As with any accident, the appropriate treatment for sporting accident injuries will depend on the severity of the injury. In the case of minor cuts or bruising, it will probably be enough to wash and dress the area, and take painkillers as necessary. Your pharmacist will advise you as to the best over-the-counter treatments for pain or swelling. However, for a more serious injury, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. In an emergency, dial 999 for an ambulance. You may need surgery or physiotherapy for more serious injuries sustained in a sporting accident, and it can take a longer period of time to recover if your injuries are severe.
This will affect the amount of compensation you could be entitled to claim – generally, the more serious your injuries, the more you could receive. You will only be able to make a claim for compensation if you required medical treatment for your injuries – but this doesn’t mean that you are necessarily exempt from claiming if your injuries are minor. Provided you received medical treatment, you should be eligible to make a claim.
Who’s to blame for my accident?
As we mentioned earlier, it can sometimes be tricky to assign blame for a sporting accident. Remember that you’re not alone, and you don’t need to work everything out by yourself. If you have been injured in a sporting accident, then you’re probably in need of expert advice from a personal injury lawyer. Accident Advice Helpline’s experts can help you to ascertain who was to blame for your accident and support you in taking action to get the compensation you are entitled to. Whilst we all agree to a certain level of risk when playing sports of any kind, there are only certain levels of risk that are acceptable, and if you have been injured by somebody else being negligent or behaving dangerously then you deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering.
Claiming compensation for a sporting injury
If you have sustained a sporting injury, and someone else was to blame, then get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today. You can chat to a member of our team, and discuss how to claim for a sporting accident. Since 2000, we have helped thousands of people across the UK claim compensation for a sporting accident, and you could be next in line. If your injuries are serious and have led to taking time off work to recover, you could even be eligible to claim compensation for your loss of earnings, helping you out financially at a difficult time.
Contact us today
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the top law firms in the UK, and we are proud of our track record of success. At Accident Advice Helpline, our personal injury lawyers provide their services on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so there are never any upfront fees to pay. For free initial advice, and to find out more about the cost of making a sporting accident claim, simply dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline. Alternatively, you can call 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to connect with Accident Advice Helpline today. We are waiting to help you claim the compensation you are entitled to after your sporting accident, and if you would like an idea of how much that might be, you could always take the 30-second test on our website.
Date Published: 27th July 2016
Author: Lynne Bell