If you are an active person involved in either team or individual sports, you may have experienced your fair share of injuries and will be used to attending sports injury clinics. Most of these injuries are a normal part of your sporting life; the risk of muscle strain, ankle sprains and falls are greatly increased by strenuous activities. Unfortunately, some sports accidents will happen through no fault of your own, be it through equipment failure, poor road surfaces, or the reckless behaviour of another person. In this case, it is important you pursue your right to claim compensation.
Why should I claim for compensation?
If your injury was someone else’s fault, occurred within the past three years and required medical attention, it is your right by UK law to claim for compensation. You compensation will be awarded based on your circumstances, including:
- The severity of your injury
- The length of time you have suffered, or are likely to suffer as a result
- Any loss of earnings incurred
- Expenses relating to the injury such as travel costs and medication
What next – should I attend one of my local sports injury clinics?
For your own wellbeing and health, you should get medical attention as soon as possible following your injury. You may wish to attend one of your recommended sports injury clinics, or the local GP surgery. Either way, you will need to receive medical care as well as a doctor’s note to prove the details of your condition. If your injury is eligible for compensation, this is an important step in the claims process.
Once you have tended to the immediate medical problem of your injury, you should get in touch with a compensation provider as soon as possible. At the Accident Advice Helpline we have a unique 30 second tool on our website, providing a quick and simple way of confirming your eligibility to claim, before you take any further steps. Following this, we have a short claim form available on our website, or you can phone our 24/7 advice line on 0800 689 0500.
Will I receive compensation advice specific to my sports injury?
Accident Advice Helpline uses a network of over 190 legal partners, all working on a no win, no fee basis. As your sports injury is a niche accident type, we will ensure that your legal representative is experienced in sports claims as similar to yours as possible, meaning you stand the best chance of a successful outcome.
What information will Accident Advice Helpline need to start the claims process?
Our highly trained advisers will talk you through the claims process in further detail, ensuring each step is clear. If you initially have access to the following information, this will be beneficial:
- Details of your accident
- A report from your sports injury clinics or doctor
- Contact details of any witnesses
- Receipts for expenses
Date Published: 23rd January 2013
Author: Sharon Parry