Safety regulations at football stadiums have been tightened massively following the disasters of the 1980s in which many fans lost their lives. Modern football stadiums are now much more open and designed with fan safety in mind. However, accidents in football stadiums do still happen. If you or a loved one has been injured at a football stadium through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to make a football stadium accident claim for compensation.
We provide a no-obligation initial consultation with a specially trained advisor. Your claim will be reviewed and you’ll receive free legal advice about your next steps. We could pass you on to one of our personal injury lawyers if your claim is strong enough. Importantly, if they agree to work for you, there won’t be any legal fees to pay unless compensation is awarded as our solicitors provide a No Win No Fee service.
Please continue reading to find out more about the process of claiming compensation for an accident at a football stadium or call our team on 0800 6524 881 to speak to an advisor right away.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Football Stadium Accident Claim?
- Common Causes Of Football Stadium Accident Claims
- Common Injury Claims From Football Stadium Accidents
- How Much Compensation For An Accident At A Football Stadium Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Football Stadium Accident Claim
- Time Limits For Filing A Football Stadium Accident Claim
- Starting The Football Stadium Accident Claims Process
While you’re in a football stadium, the operator will have a duty of care to try and keep you as safe as possible. This is a legal responsibility that can be established by laws such as the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975, the Football Spectators Act 1989 and the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sports Act 1987.
These acts set out the steps stadium owners should follow to try and keep football fans safe while inside the stadium. If you have been injured at a football match, you could be eligible to claim compensation if:
- The football stadium operator was negligent (breached their duty of care); and
- An accident happened inside the football stadium (or its grounds); and
- You were injured or made ill during the accident.
We believe you stand a much better chance of proving your case if you have legal representation. Our personal injury lawyers will always use their skills and experience to try and secure as much compensation as possible for any claim they agree to work on.
It’s important to point out that not all football stadium accidents are huge incidents like the Hillsborough disaster or the Bradford City fire. Essentially, you could claim for any injury sustained in relatively small accidents or incidents in or around the stadium. To make things clearer, we’ve listed a few common examples of accidents that could lead to a football stadium accident claim including:
- Where you’re injured because your seat is damaged.
- If you suffer food poisoning at a football match because of poor hygiene standards.
- If you’re assaulted at a football match due to a lack of stewards or police. If you cannot claim against the stadium operator, our solicitors could still help you to make a criminal injury claim.
- Where you slip, trip or fall in or around the football stadium because of a wet floor or defects such as potholes or uneven paving slabs.
- Where damaged safety netting allowed the match ball to strike you while you were watching the game. If no such netting exists, you probably wouldn’t be able to make a claim.
This isn’t a comprehensive list of the types of incidents that could lead to football stadium accident claims. Please feel free to call our team to check if you could be compensated for injuries sustained in a football stadium.
Compensation claims for football stadium accidents could be based on essentially any type of injury. Some common claim examples include:
Our solicitors could help you to claim for any type of accident in a football stadium provided your injury was caused by the operator’s negligence.
If you sue a football stadium operator, you won’t just ask them for a lump sum to settle your case. Instead, you’ll need to prove to their insurance company how your injuries have affected you (general damages) and any costs you’ve incurred as a result (special damages).
Depending on the nature of your injuries, a successful football stadium accident claim could compensate you for:
- Physical pain and suffering.
- Mental trauma linked to the incident such as compensation for PTSD, depression or distress.
- Loss of earnings (including future lost income for more serious injuries).
- Loss of amenity – how your injuries have affected your normal activities and hobbies.
- The cost of a carer or somebody who helped you during your recovery.
- Private medical treatment or physiotherapy.
- Travel costs.
- The cost of replacing clothing, phones or other personal items damaged in the football stadium accident.
- Adapting your home to make it easier to cope with any lasting disability.
As you can only make a single claim if it’s successful, it’s extremely important to consider everything in detail before filing it. If you work with one of our solicitors, they’ll review exactly how you’ve suffered to try and ensure you’re compensated fairly.
During the football stadium accident claims process, your solicitor will book you in for an independent medical assessment. They will receive a report from the assessor which will explain the extent of your injuries and your prognosis. At this point, they will be able to explain what settlement you might be paid if your claim is successful.
Until then, you can use our football stadium accident compensation calculator to get some idea of how much can be awarded for various injuries:
Please call us on 0800 6524 881 if you have any questions.
If you’re injured in a football stadium, there are various steps you should take. They could all make it easier to claim compensation if you decide to do so later on. The steps include:
- Report the accident. After your accident, report it as soon as possible. Ideally, you should let a steward know what happened and ask for their details so you can get a copy of the accident report form later on.
- Take photographs. You should take pictures of the root cause of your accident if it’s possible to do so. Ideally, this should be done at the time of your accident and before anything is moved or repaired.
- Ask for CCTV footage. Most football stadiums use CCTV cameras to help keep fans as safe as possible. If your accident was captured on camera, you’re entitled to ask for a copy of any relevant footage.
- Seek medical treatment. If you are not taken to a hospital in an ambulance, you should visit A&E (or a minor injuries unit) for treatment. Your medical records can go some way to proving the extent of your injuries.
- Talk to witnesses. If anybody else saw the accident in the football stadium happen, speak to them and ask for their contact details. Your solicitor may need to ask them for a statement later in the claims process.
The final step you may wish to take is to contact our team to ask if one of our solicitors could help you claim compensation for your injuries.
It’s not just football fans that are protected within the stadium. Staff, agency workers and contractors who work in the stadium must also be kept as safe as possible. Therefore, if you have had an accident at work in a football stadium and your employer was to blame, you could be compensated for your suffering.
The types of negligence that might allow you to claim include a lack of training, inadequate PPE, inadequate staffing levels, or poorly maintained equipment to name but a few. Please let us know how you were injured so that we can explain your options for free.
In most cases, you’ll have to make your claim against the football stadium within 3-years of your accident. That time limit won’t apply if your child was injured in an accident at a football stadium though. In that scenario, you could apply to become their litigation friend and seek damages on their behalf at any point before their 18th birthday.
An early start to your claim can be beneficial. It can mean that the stadium operator might pay for private medical treatment to aid your recovery before the claim is settled (assuming they’ve accepted liability for the incident).
Generally, straightforward cases can be settled within 6 to 9 months. More complex claims can take longer than a year to establish the full facts and to understand your prognosis.
Please call one of our specialists on 0800 6524 881 today if you’d like to see if you might be entitled to compensation and whether we can start the football. They’ll check everything for you and will connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our team if your claim appears to be viable.
Importantly, you won’t have to pay any legal fees upfront if your claim is accepted as our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee service. If you need to know anything else about how we can help with filing a football stadium accident claim, please use live chat to get in touch.