Dangerous spectator facilities can lead to sports injury claims
It sounds almost bizarre but it is true that watching sport could lead to sports injury claims. We have all come to accept that playing many sports can be a dangerous thing. However, few would expect to go and watch a football match and end up claiming compensation for a sports injury.
It used to be a common sight on fairground rides that you would ride the particular attraction at your own risk, or at a rugby ground you enter at your own risk. This is a poor attempt by the operators and owners to mitigate their responsibility and provide a safe environment for the general public. A conveniently placed sign does not mitigate a company’s responsibility to provide a safe environment.
If a person goes to watch a football match on a Saturday afternoon they have a right to watch the game in a safe environment. You might accept that those playing the sport might be injured but not people standing innocently in the stands.
Players have come to accept the risk of playing sports and the risks associated with it and yet even sportsmen and women have certain rights when it comes to playing sports, no matter how dangerous the sport. Players have to abide by certain rules and cannot, for example, tackle in a dangerous way if tackling is part of the game they are playing. Players, between teams and on the same team, have a duty to abide by the professional rules that govern their sports.
Players do have a right to play on grounds that are fit for purpose. If, for example, a football pitch is in poor condition and an accident happens on the pitch as a result of the poor quality, injured parties might have a right to claim compensation. Sports injury claims are becoming more common as people realise that they have a right to play in safe conditions.
Sports injury claims are also available to spectators who sustain an injury through negligence at sporting events. If a stand collapses or a seat is substandard and a spectator gets injured as a result then they may have a case to claim compensation. The best way to find out would be to work with a company like Accident Advice Helpline which works with a large number of solicitors across the country. Injury victims can make a 30-second enquiry using Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone number on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and can find out whether they are entitled to compensation. They will then be put in touch with a solicitor who specialises in sports injury claims. These sport injury specialists will explain the process of claiming compensation – exactly what is involved.
Players and spectators alike can expect the same professional advice from the sympathetic teams at Accident Advice Helpline, so call us and start the ball rolling on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 30th November 2012
Author: David Brown
Category: Sports Injury Compensation