Each year it is estimated that one and a half million people end up in hospital A&E because of a sports injury. Some sporting injuries are seen more commonly than others and this is probably because some sports are more popular and a large number of people participate in them. In some circumstances the accidents give rise to sports accident claims. This is when a claim for compensation is made against the person or organisation that was at fault for the accident. Here’s some more information..
Sports accident claims – types of sports
Sports injuries can occur in all sports. Some sports are much more popular than others and so a greater number of people are at risk of being injured. The sports that most often result in a visit to an A&E department are:
- Combat sports like karate, kick-boxing, and tae kwondo
These are sometimes called contact sports because people come into contact with each other. Non-contact sports such as running, mountain biking and skateboarding can also result in injuries.
Sports accident claims – types of injuries
Some types of injuries are more associated with sports than others. These are usually:
- Soft tissue injuries
Some of these injuries are obviously more serious than others. For example, a fracture can be a simple fracture where the bones have cracked but have not moved and can be repaired by a plaster cast. In other cases the fracture can be severe and bones can even protrude from the skin. In these cases permanent disability or even death is a possibility.
Sports accident claims – treatment
The treatment needed to correct a sports injury can cause a great deal of disruption to the injured person’s life and even cost money in lost wages, travel to hospital appointments and other costly financial items. Treatments can include:
There are often follow up visits to GPs, outpatients, orthopaedics or physiotherapy to attend as well.
Sports accident claims – when and how to claim
Sports injuries happen and everyone participating in sports accepts that risk. However, some sporting accidents are actually someone’s fault. This may be the case if there has been faulty equipment or facilities or if there has been inadequate training or supervision. If you think you may have a case when it comes to sports accident claims but are not certain, ring a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. Give their team a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
They have experienced sports injuries advisers who will be able to help you. Your claim will be handled by a sports accident claims lawyer who will deal with all the technicalities of the case for you. This will probably happen over the phone as few other than very serious sports accident claims end up in court.
Date Published: 24th May 2013
Author: David Brown