Rough and tumble is often a part of playing sport. When playing at any level, there is an acceptance that players may experience an ache or pain, bruise or bump. However, when sports injuries are more serious and inflicted either intentionally or recklessly, then we are in a different arena.
Sometimes behaviour occurs which is out of the usual context of the sport and which sometimes causes significant injury with sometimes life-changing consequences. Those who do suffer sports injuries can address their compensation claim to the person or team who caused their injury. One of the hardest battles people face when making a sports injury claims is proving the accident was caused by the negligence or breach of duty of others.
You need a firm of solicitors prepared to go the extra mile and dig in for a marathon if needs be to prove your claim. Obtaining evidence about how the accident happened as quickly as you can after the incident can be vital. Where possible you should obtain photographic evidence of where the accident happened. If the accident involved equipment you believe to be faulty or broken you should take pictures of that equipment too. If there were witnesses to what happened, try and get their details and make sure you can pass them on to us. The evidence of witnesses can often make a huge difference to your chances of successfully making a claim.
It can be a confusing and upsetting time in the aftermath of an accident so we have made it easy to take a 30 second test to get the ball rolling and see if you are entitled to compensation.
Making claims for sports injuries
Whilst elements of risk are expected in sport, you could be entitled to make a claim for sports injuries if you suffered an injury that was someone else’s fault. Claims needn’t be limited to reckless behaviour. The owners of sports facilities have a duty to provide a safe playing environment, so pitches should be free of hazards, such as chemicals or broken glass. Companies have an obligation to take out public liability insurance in order to cover claims that occur as a result of accidents which may cause sports injuries.
The potential complexities of making a claim
Sports injuries claims can be complex and not everyone who is injured whilst playing sport will have a claim. As part of your sports injuries claim, we can recover damages for the injuries that you suffered as well as any loss of earnings that you may have experienced as a result of your injury. The sooner you get in touch with us, the easier it is to investigate your claim. We may need to gather evidence from other people who were playing the sport at the time or spectating in order to get all the information we need to assist in making a successful claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can offer you expert support and advice on your claim, and help you to secure the compensation that you deserve. You can give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to discuss things in more detail.
Date Published: 22nd January 2013
Author: David Brown