If you have been injured playing or watching sport it’s important to remember that when you play, you consent to a certain level of risk. Some sports accidents are just a natural part of the game – but what happens if someone is injured and it’s not a part of normal play? In cases like this, you could find you’re eligible to claim sports injury compensation. You may be able to make a sports injury claim not only for your pain and suffering but also for any expenses or losses you have incurred as a result of your accident.
Who can make a sports injury compensation claim?
The good news? You don’t have to be a professional sports person to make a claim for sports injury compensation – you could make a claim even if you just play for fun. You can claim for pretty much any sport, so whether you have been injured in an accident whilst playing rugby or suffered injuries on the tennis court, you could be eligible to claim compensation. You could even make a claim if you have been injured as a spectator. Usually, the person with duty of care over you (such as your coach or instructor) must be proven to have been negligent in order for you to claim sports injury compensation. You will have to show that their negligence directly led to your injury in order for your claim to be successful.
What should I do after an accident?
Whether you have been injured playing football, rugby, cricket or another sport, there are some things you should try to do after your accident. You should try to speak to anybody around such as spectators, referees, staff or other players – or anybody who has witnessed your accident – and take their details. You should also try to get a photograph of where your accident happened, as well as a photo of your injuries. If you incur any expenses as a result of your accident, for example prescription medication costs or travel costs to get to the hospital or doctor’s surgery, you should keep these somewhere safe.
What kinds of sports injuries are the most common?
There are some types of sports injuries which are more common than others. Since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has helped thousands of members of the public to claim sports injury compensation after being injured taking part in sports. These are just a few of the most common accident and injuries which we have handled claims for:
- Wrist injuries including fractures, sprains and so on
- Dislocations – most commonly the shoulder
- Back injuries including vertebral fractures and slipped discs
- Knee injuries – usually injuries to the ligaments or tendons
- Ankle injuries – again usually tendon or ligament injuries
- Head injuries including concussion and brain injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Facial injuries
- Loss of teeth
Some of these injuries – for example cuts and bruises – may sound relatively minor, but if you had to seek medical attention after your accident then you could still be eligible to claim sports injury compensation. Certain injuries are more common in some types of sports than others – for example knee and shoulder injuries are incredibly common in rugby, whilst wrist and arm injuries are more common whilst playing a racquet sport, such as tennis or squash.
Is there a time limit to claim sports injury compensation?
There is a three-year time limit in place for all personal injury claims, and this extends to sports injury compensation claims. In very rare cases, you may be able to make a claim after the three-year time limit has passed, but this is very unusual, so it’s best to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible after your accident, to find out more about claiming and see whether you are going to be eligible or not.
How much compensation could I get?
The amount of compensation you could get for a sports injury compensation claim will depend largely on the type of injuries you have sustained, how serious they are and the impact they have had on your life. For example, if you have tripped on a poorly-maintained tennis court and sprained your ankle, you are likely to be off work for a week or two recovering – but most people recover well after a sprain, and it’s unlikely you will suffer long-term damage to your ankle.
This means that you’ll probably receive a small personal injury settlement to cover your pain, suffering and possibly any financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries. Now imagine you have sustained a serious knee injury whilst playing rugby, such as a complete tendon tear. This may need surgery in order to heal and you may find you’re unable to play rugby for months – you may even be unable to return to playing at all. This type of injury can have a significant impact on your mobility and your life in general and you may need physiotherapy or other treatment to relieve pain and help you regain mobility in your injured knee.
We take all of these things into account when you make a personal injury claim, so in this case you could expect to receive a more substantial settlement which accurately reflects the impact that your injury has had on your life, both now and in the future.
Can I claim compensation for minor injuries?
When we think of sports injury compensation, and personal injury compensation in general, we usually think about serious, life-changing injuries such as back injuries that have left somebody paralysed or head injuries that have caused a brain injury. But you don’t need to have sustained serious injuries in order to be eligible to claim compensation after your accident. Provided you can answer “Yes” to the following questions, you should be able to make a claim:
- Did your accident occur in the last three years?
- Were you injured in the accident?
- Did you seek medical attention for your injuries?
- Was somebody else to blame for your accident?
If you can answer positively to these questions then you have a good chance of making a successful claim, however you have been injured. Even if you have sprained your wrist or suffered a mild concussion whilst playing football, you’re entitled to make a personal injury claim if your accident happened as a result of somebody else’s negligence. Just make sure you get medical attention for your injuries and we will do the rest – we’ll liaise with medical professionals responsible for your treatment to obtain copies of your medical report when you get in touch with us to make a compensation claim.
What happens if I have been injured as a spectator?
You may think that the chances of you being injured at a football match or ice hockey game are slim, but these types of accidents can and do happen. We have all heard stories of somebody being hit in the face by a flying ice hockey puck, or taking a rugby ball to the chest. True, these accidents may be less common than regular sports accidents when you are actually playing sports, but if you have been injured whilst attending an event as a spectator, you could still be entitled to compensation.
Whether you have suffered broken ribs after being hit by a rugby ball or lost teeth, facial fractures and bruising after an ice hockey puck smashed you in the face, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve. In this case, the player responsible for your accident could be held liable – or it could be the management of the venue where you have been injured. You don’t need to worry about this, all you need to do is get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline within three years of your accident happening, to find out if you have a viable claim.
Can I claim if my child has been injured playing sports?
It might be that your child has been injured at school or whilst taking part in extracurricular activities, like five-a-side football. If it can be proven that their coach, instructor or teacher has been negligent, then you should have no problems making a personal injury claim on their behalf. This will be handled in much the same way as a normal claim, and you’ll be paid any compensation that your child is due for their pain and suffering – you may also be able to claim compensation for your own expenses and loss of earnings, for example, if you took time off work to take them to hospital appointments and look after them whilst they were recovering from their injuries.
If your child has suffered life-changing injuries, such as a head injury or back injury that has left them permanently mentally or physically disabled, we will take this into account when handling your claim, and they will be compensated for the devastating effect their injuries have had on their future quality of life.
What does it cost to make a personal injury claim?
Regardless of the type of injury you have sustained and its severity, there are no upfront costs associated with making a claim for compensation with Accident Advice Helpline. That is because all our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, making it affordable for anybody to make a claim, no matter what their circumstances. If your claim is successful, any legal fees due will be deducted from your personal injury settlement. Not all personal injury lawyers operate on a no-win, no-fee* basis, and not all offer no-obligation advice for free either.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 16 years’ industry experience and we believe that our no-win, no-fee* approach benefits anybody who may otherwise be unable to afford to claim compensation after an accident that was somebody else’s fault.
How do I claim sports injury compensation?
Whether you think you have a viable claim for sports injury compensation or you just need somebody to talk to for advice after your accident, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. The best way to contact us is to pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our advisors are on hand offering confidential, no-obligation advice.
If you’d prefer to find out right now how much compensation you may be able to claim, you can take the 30-second test on our website. This will give you a rough idea of what you could claim – but remember that the actual settlement figure may be higher or lower, as we handle every claim individually, taking into account a number of different factors.
Don’t wait too long to get in touch with us and make a claim though – remember the three-year time limit. If you wait for too long, you could find you miss out and are left unable to claim the compensation you are entitled to.
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