Many of us participate in sporting activities regularly. Some play sports for fun while others do so to try and keep fit. With any sport, there will always be an element of risk and injuries can happen. However, if a sports participant is injured because of somebody else’s negligence, then a sports injury claim might be possible. In this guide to sports injury compensation claims, we’ll look at the process of claiming compensation and what you could be compensated for.
We have a team of sports injury solicitors who could help you claim if you’ve been injured through no fault of your own. They’ll help you to identify who your claim will be against and how much compensation you could be due.
Please continue reading to find out more.
Can You Sue For A Sports Injury?
Whether you’re injured playing football for your local pub team or you participate in a sport at a semi-professional level, the organiser of the event has a duty of care to try and keep everybody involved as safe as possible. Therefore, if you suffer a preventable injury whilst playing sport, you could have grounds to sue for compensation.
Sports injury claims can include compensation to cover the pain and suffering caused by your injuries as well any associated costs. Importantly, you will need to prove the following if you’re to make a successful sports injury claim:
- Somebody who owed you a duty of care was negligent; and
- An incident occurred due to that negligence; and
- As a result, you sustained a preventable injury.
Proving these things can be tricky but there are a number of steps you could take to help at the time the incident took place. They include:
- Reporting the incident to sports officials or the event’s operator. They will be obliged to record the incident in an accident report log.
- Report the incident to the police if a crime has taken place.
- Have your injuries assessed and treated at a hospital. This will mean you can use medical records as evidence of your injuries.
- See if any witnesses were recording the sports event on a phone or camera. If so, ask for a copy of their footage.
- Get contact details for any witnesses.
- Keep a record of your injuries by photographing them throughout your recovery.
- If you incur any costs or expenses linked to your injuries, keep a record of them along with any receipts.
Once you have as much information as possible, please feel free to call our specialists. We can provide a no-obligation review of a sports injury claim and will give you free legal advice as well.
Common Causes Of Sports Injury Claims
In this section, we are going to look at the types of incidents at sporting events that could make you eligible to claim compensation. Some of the more common causes of sports injury claims include:
- Dangerous and unplayable pitches.
- Faulty or inadequate equipment.
- Poorly maintained stadiums or venues.
- Poor advice by a coach or trainer.
- Late or reckless tackles.
- Assault by a spectator or another participant.
- Poor training on how to use equipment safely.
Injury compensation could be claimed in relation to any sporting activity including:
- Horse riding.
- Football, rugby or other team sports.
- Motorsport accidents.
- Winter sports (ice skating, snowboarding, skiing etc).
- Gym accidents.
The type of evidence listed in the previous section could improve your chances of claiming sports injury compensation in any of these scenarios. We are happy to review your case with you for free and advise you of what to do next. If you would like to discuss claiming, please give us a call today on 0800 6524 881.
How Much Compensation For Sports Injury?
The exact amount of compensation you could receive for a sports injury can be difficult to predict without any details. That’s because injuries will vary from case to case. When you calculate sports injury compensation, the amount awarded in compensation will be based on factors such as:
- How much pain and suffering was involved.
- If you’ve sustained life-threatening, life-changing or long-term injuries.
- What costs and financial losses you’ve incurred because of the injuries.
We are able to provide a compensation estimate for you once your claim has been reviewed by a No Win No Fee solicitor. Therefore, why not call our advice line for a free assessment today?
If your case is suitable for a compensation claim, and you decide to proceed, we’ll appoint one of our personal injury solicitors. They will operate on a No Win No Fee basis which will mean you’ll find the sports injury claims process less stressful.
Sports Injury Compensation Claims Calculator
Any type of preventable injury sustained during a sporting event could entitle you to start a sports injury compensation claim. We can’t list every injury here but some of the most common include:
- Broken bones (such as a fractured jaw).
- Back and neck injuries.
- Soft tissue damage including bruising.
- Cuts and lacerations.
- Strains and sprains.
As discussed earlier, compensation levels will vary from case to case. As a result, it’s not possible to state exactly how much compensation you might receive. However, the Judicial College publish compensation guidelines that personal injury solicitors and insurers can refer to. Please take a look at our sports injury compensation calculator below to get some idea of what your sports injuries could receive in compensation:
Importantly, we cannot guarantee that the figures listed are what you’ll be paid if your sports injury claim is successful. They are just example figures that should be used as guidance. If your sporting injury isn’t listed in our table, don’t worry, you could still make a claim. Please call and ask for an estimated compensation amount.
Time Limits For Claiming Compensation
As with any type of personal injury claim, if you ask to be compensated for a sporting injury, you must do so within the relevant time limits. In most cases, that will be 3-years from the date the incident took place. However, there are a couple of exceptions:
- If your injury isn’t diagnosed immediately, the 3-years will begin from the ‘date of knowledge’.
- Where a child is injured or where an adult doesn’t have the mental capacity to claim, a friend, relative or responsible adult (litigation friend) can claim on their behalf. The 3-year time limit will not apply until a) the child turns 18 or b) the adult recovers and regains mental capacity.
Where the defendant takes the blame for the accident and your injuries early, claims can usually be settled amicably in a matter of months. If that doesn’t happen, sports injury claims can take longer while negotiations take place or while further medical reports are created.
Using A Personal Injury Solicitor To Support Your Sporting Injury Claim
As we have shown, getting a sporting injury compensation claim right is important. That’s because, if you forget to include something within your claim, you can’t request more compensation later on. We believe the best chance of being compensated correctly is to let an experienced personal injury solicitor represent you.
We have a team of solicitors with years of experience winning compensation for their clients who are ready to take on your sporting injury compensation claim. If your case is accepted, they’ll do all they can to try and make sure that you receive the maximum level of compensation possible.
Get in touch today for a free case review. Our team of No Win No Fee solicitors can be reached on 0800 6524 881. You can receive free advice on claiming compensation whether you proceed or not. Also, any sports injury claim that is taken on will be managed on a No Win No Fee basis. That will mean you can relax during your case and not worry about losing money on solicitors fees.
Things To Consider In Sports Injury Claims
When you make a sports injury claim, your solicitor will identify who to make it against. However, the claim itself on the defendants side will usually be handled by an insurer. They will only pay out if evidence is clearly presented to show what happened and who was to blame. If the case is presented incorrectly, they could reduce the compensation amount or not pay at all.
We believe the best way to avoid that happening is to use a legally trained solicitor who is experienced in personal injury claims. They’ll use their skills to process your claim and deal with the insurer on your behalf. They will keep you updated throughout the claim and answer any queries that crop up along the way.
To learn more about how we can help you with a sports injury claim, please contact us today.
Updated 1st August 2021.