Let’s face it, rugby is a full-on and high-impact game where there is an obvious risk of injury. Therefore, you might think that if you’ve been injured playing rugby, it’s just part and parcel of the game and nothing can be done. However, if your rugby injury was caused by some form of negligence, you may be eligible to make a rugby injury claim for compensation. This guide will look at the types of rugby accidents and injuries that could result in a personal injury claim and how much compensation might be awarded.
To help you understand your options, our team of specialist advisors offers a no-obligation consultation to review your claim. If it appears to have a fair chance of success, one of our personal injury solicitors will speak to you in more detail. Importantly, they’ll represent you on a No Win No Fee basis if they accept your claim meaning you won’t be asked to pay any legal fees whatsoever unless the claim is successful and compensation is paid.
Please call us today on 0800 6524 881 to discuss your claim or read on to learn more about rugby injury claims.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Rugby Injury Claim?
- Examples Of Negligence At A Rugby Match
- Common Injuries In Rugby
- How Much Compensation For A Rugby Injury Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Rugby Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Compensation
- Starting The Rugby Injury Claims Process
Our personal injury solicitors have to weigh up the likelihood of winning a rugby injury claim before agreeing to take it on. To do this, they’ll try to verify whether:
- The defendant in the case owed you a legal duty of care; and
- Their negligence caused an incident/accident at a rugby match; and
- You were injured due to that negligence.
If your claim meets the criteria listed above, one of our personal injury solicitors may agree to represent you. To find out more about how we could help, please call today.
In most cases, liability for a rugby injury could be with:
- The individual responsible for organising the rugby match or training session, if they failed to ensure the safety of participants.
- The owner or occupier of the rugby club, school or other property where the injury occurred, if they failed to maintain it properly.
- The rugby player, spectator or official responsible for the injury, if it was caused by reckless or intentional actions.
To prove liability for your rugby injuries, you’ll need to supply as much evidence as possible. Therefore, we’ll explain what could help you to win your claim a little later on.
As we’ve shown above, rugby injury claims must be caused by some form of negligence by the defendant. Therefore, if you suffer an unavoidable injury while playing and nobody else was to blame, a claim probably wouldn’t be possible. However, you could be eligible to make a claim in the following scenarios:
- Injuries caused by violence from an opposition player.
- Accidents caused by unsafe playing conditions, changing rooms or car parks.
- Injuries caused by poor coaching advice.
- Being purposefully hit by a ball whilst spectating at a rugby match.
- Being assaulted at a rugby match by a player, spectator or club official.
- If rugby concussion protocols were not followed and you were allowed to play on after a head injury.
Even if your accident is not listed here, one of our personal injury solicitors may be able to help so please get in touch for a free review of your claim.
In theory, any injury at a rugby match caused by negligence could allow you to seek damages. Some of the more common examples of rugby injuries that may lead to a compensation claim include:
- Torn, strained or pulled muscles.
- Head and brain injuries.
- Broken or fractured ribs, arms and hands.
- Shoulder injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries (including temporary or permanent paralysis).
- Black eyes, broken jaws and skull fractures.
If you are assaulted at a rugby match, any injuries could be compensated for by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) rather than through a personal injury claim. Importantly, to claim through this scheme, the defendant doesn’t need to have been charged or prosecuted but you must have informed the police about the incident.
We could help make a claim for criminal injuries so please contact us to discuss what happened.
As you may have seen in recent news coverage, several high-profile cases have arisen of rugby players who have suffered from Motor Neurone Disease (MND). This is a condition that progressively causes damage to the nervous system. As such, the impact of collisions and head injuries may not be obvious for many years after a player has stopped playing rugby.
Proving that a claimant is suffering from MND because of negligence at a rugby club can be complex. However, please get in touch if you believe that you or a loved one are suffering from MND because of negligence and we’ll review your options for free.
Rugby injuries can affect players in different ways so it’s important to assess how you’ve suffered before filing a rugby injury claim. As well as claiming for any physical or mental harm (general damages), you might be entitled to seek damages to cover any financial losses too (special damages).
If your claim is successful, you could be awarded compensation to cover:
- The pain and suffering caused by your rugby injuries.
- Mental health problems linked to the accident or your injuries (flashbacks, depression, anxiety etc).
- Income lost as a result of your injuries.
- Damaged personal property.
- Medical costs (physiotherapy, prescription fees).
- Fuel, parking fees and other travel-related costs.
- The cost of a professional carer or a loved one who supports you.
- Future loss of earnings.
- Home or vehicle improvements where they’ll help you to cope with a long-term disability.
As you can only make a single successful claim for the specific injury, it is important to get include everything the first time of asking. If you work with one of our personal injury solicitors, they’ll discuss the claim with you in detail to try and ensure that you receive the right amount of compensation.
The amount of compensation paid in sports injury claims is largely based on how badly you’ve suffered. Therefore, your solicitor will arrange for an independent medical expert to assess you. During the appointment, they’ll examine you, talk with you about the impact of your rugby injuries and review any medical records available to them.
Until the medical assessment report is received, it’s difficult to say exactly what settlement you may get. However, we have listed some relevant injuries in our rugby injury compensation calculator to give you some guidance:
Please bear in mind that these amounts are not guaranteed.
To win a rugby injury claim, you’ll need to convince the defendant’s insurers that their client’s negligence has caused your suffering. To do this, evidence needs to be supplied to prove what happened. Therefore, to help prove liability, you should:
- Report the accident. If you were injured at a rugby match as a spectator, report the incident. Similarly, injured players should report their accidents as well rather than relying on the referee to do so. Accident report forms can be used to prove what happened.
- Get medical aid. Visit A&E or a minor injuries unit to ensure your rugby injuries are diagnosed and treated correctly. Later on, your x-rays and medical records can be obtained to support your claim.
- Secure video footage. If your accident was recorded by security cameras or by somebody filming the rugby match, ask for a copy of any relevant footage.
- Take photographs. It’s a good idea to take pictures of the cause of the accident (where possible) as well as any visible injuries.
- Speak to witnesses. Try to collect the contact details of anybody who saw you get injured during the rugby match. They may be able to provide a statement to support your version of events.
In addition to the above, we would suggest that you write down details of your accident while they are still fresh in your mind. You should also keep a note of any costs incurred or days you couldn’t work because of your rugby injuries in case you can claim them back.
Most rugby injury claims typically have a 3-year time limit. This will start from the date of the rugby match in which you were injured or the date a doctor diagnosed the injuries.
If a loved one has suffered an injury for which they are not currently capable of claiming compensation themselves, for example, a brain injury has left them in a coma, you could apply to become their litigation friend on their behalf. In these cases, the 3-year time limit wouldn’t start until the injured person regains the mental capacity to deal with the process for themselves.
If your child was injured at a rugby game (playing at school or a club, or spectating), their time limit will start from their 18th birthday. However, the 3-year time limit will not apply before that date so parents or guardians can also start a claim on the child’s behalf.
To check how long you have to start a rugby compensation claim, please speak to an advisor today.
We are here to help if you’d like to begin a rugby injury claim. For your no-obligation consultation and free legal advice, please call our team on 0800 6524 881 today.
Your claim will be reviewed for free and could be passed to one of our specialist solicitors. If the claim is accepted, your solicitor will manage everything on your behalf and work on a No Win No Fee basis. No legal fees will need to be paid unless compensation is awarded.
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