Sports Injury Claims
Can you make a sports injury claim?
Playing any kind of sport carries some level of risk – and this is something we accept when we get involved. But in some cases, injuries can be avoided by following health and safety rules and by making sure equipment is properly maintained.
If you’ve been injured while playing sport, we know it can often be difficult for you to tell whether you could make a compensation claim.
In order to start a claim, your injury needs to have happened as a result of somebody else’s negligence or aggressive behaviour. For example, you might be able to make a sport injury claim if:
— You were tackled improperly, causing you to become injured
— You didn’t receive the right coaching or instructions
— Fields or playing surfaces weren’t maintained
— Other players behaved violently
— Equipment was dangerous or badly maintained
The easiest way to find out whether you have a claim is to get in contact with us on 0800 234 6438. We’ll ask you some questions to get a clear understanding of what happened and will then be able to let you know whether we think you could make a successful case.
In most cases, you have to start the process within three years of the accident happening – so we’d recommend getting in contact with us as soon as possible after your injury.
How does compensation help?
Most people play sport to relax and unwind – and it can feel very unfair if this is taken from you. You don’t deserve to suffer without compensation to recognise what you’ve been through and to cover the costs your injury has caused.
Sports injuries can leave you stuck at home for a long period of time – not only can this cause you to feel depressed and lonely, it can also mean that you’re unable to carry on playing sport. In some serious cases, you might have to give up that sport altogether, especially if your doctor thinks your injury will cause ongoing problems.
After a sports injury, you may have had to pay for private physiotherapy to get you back on your feet and you might also have had to take time off work while you recover.
Our solicitors will make sure all the costs of your injury are covered when they’re negotiating your compensation so that you’re not left out of pocket. It may seem daunting, but we’ve seen how the money can help you get things back to how they were.
Injuries as a spectator
Most people associate sports injuries with the actual players – but people watching sports are also at risk.
Large sports games can draw huge crowds, especially in stadiums or arenas. The people in charge of the event should take measures to control the crowd – this includes keeping track of the number of people to avoid overcrowding and people being trampled.
There are other risks to spectators, such as seats or benches collapsing, as well as violent behaviour by other people in the crowd leading to assault. People watching motorsport can also be injured by debris or vehicles coming off the track.
Types of sports injury claims
Injuries can happen in almost any kind of sport – but some injuries can be avoided if the right level of care and attention is given by those around you.
Popular team sports such as rugby, football and cricket can cause serious injuries as a result of unfair play by another player, or by assault if another player is acting aggressively. Common injuries include ligament or tendon damage, leg injuries, head injuries or whiplash.
No matter what type of sports injury you’ve suffered, it’s likely we can help you make a claim if it happened in the last three years and was somebody else’s fault. For more information, or to find out whether you could make a claim, you can get in touch with us for free on 0800 234 6438. Or, if you’d prefer, fill in one of our online forms to arrange a call back.
Horse riding injuries
Stables and trekking centres should make sure you have the equipment and training you need to ride safely. If you’ve received poor instruction or have faulty equipment such as tack, safety hats, girth or reins, then the consequences can be serious.
Horses can sometimes be very unpredictable and as a new rider, you should be properly supervised and instructed on how to handle them. If safety precautions aren’t taken then you can be thrown from the horse, crushed or kicked.
Gym owners and staff should make sure the equipment is well maintained and safe for use, otherwise serious injuries can happen – for example, if weights machines, treadmills or benches break while you’re using them to exercise.
In some cases, the equipment may have been faulty due to a manufacturing problem. If this applies to you, then we may be able to help you make a defective product claim.