Sports Injury Claims for Compensation
Most people go out to play or watch a particular sport with the main aim of having fun and getting some exercise. Rarely do we think that something very serious is going to happen to us from a recreational activity such as playing or watching football or any other sport.
Unfortunately accidents can happen in these occasions. Most will probably be due to the rules of the game, such as tackles when playing football, which are inevitable and no one’s fault. However, accidents can occur in these situations that can be due to the negligence of another person.
If you are unsure as to if you have a sports related injury claim for compensation then please contact us using the form provided or on 0161 82 11 229 and we will be able to advise you further.
What Types of Sport Related Injuries Can I Claim Compensation for?
It goes without saying that playing any contact sport carries with it a certain amount of danger and risk of being injured. There are plenty of occasions when for example, a legal tackle has been made that has resulted in an injury to you.
This type of injury is not something that you could make a personal injury claim for compensation as no one is at fault.
If however you were playing football for example and the surface was badly maintained which resulted in you having an accident and sustaining an injury, or some of the equipment used was faulty and that caused you harm, then you would be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
On the alternative side, if you were a spectator at a sports event and the public viewing area was unsafe and caused you to have an accident, then you would also be able to make a claim for compensation.
There are also situations where a claim for compensation may be viable when playing a contact heavy sport. For example in football and rugby, there are a lot of tackles involved, most of which are legal and there is no personal injury claim as an outcome.
There are however a small number of cases when a tackle can be deemed as illegal and cause a great deal of injury to the player (such as a broken knee) which can cause the end of a career for a player. In such a case, a personal injury compensation claim would be a viable option.
What Should I Do After the Sports Accident?
In sports injury accidents, and in all accident claims for compensation, proof is paramount to making a successful claim and receiving the maximum compensation available. In order to help your case, here are a few things that you should do after the accident: (where possible)
- Report the accident to any staff that are available,
- Take down names, telephones and addresses of witnesses,
- Take pictures of the accident – where it occurred, who was involved, the injury etc,
- Make a note of the date and time of the accident in your diary.
These measures help establish the validity of your accident and help with providing the evidence needed to make a successful claim for compensation.
Sports Injury Compensation Advice
Here at Personal Injury Solicitors Manchester, we have dealt with sports injuries in the past and have built up a wealth of experience in dealing with personal injury claims.
If you are in doubt as to whether you have a valid claim for compensation from a sports related injury, then contact us for advice by filling out the form provided or calling us on 0161 82 11 229.
> Personal Injury Claims – Information on how to make a successful compensation claim for personal injury.