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Sports Injury Claims – Your Entitlement to Compensation

If you're seriously injured at a sporting event, can you claim compensation? If you get badly injured playing sport, when can you claim and what can you be compensated for? We look at these questions and what determines whether you can claim compensation for a sports injury.

Sports are a big part of many people’s lives, not only for keeping fit, but as a popular social pastime or career. Any kind of physical activity comes with risks and many sports players are used to suffering sports injuries. However, some sports injuries could have been avoided and many will have a detrimental impact on the injured person.

Claiming compensation for a serious or life changing sports injuries can help you to recover damages for your injuries and any financial losses you have suffered due to the accident, such as loss of earnings from time off work.

Our panel of expert personal injury lawyers at Major Trauma Group are on hand to assist clients with their serious sports injury compensation claims, persistently advocating for our client’s best interests throughout the entire process.

If you would like more information about making a sports injury claim with Major Trauma Group, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Are you eligible to make a sports injury claim?

If you have suffered a sports injury that was due to someone else’s negligence or a breach in their duty of care, then you may be eligible to make a no win no fee sports injury compensation claim.

Understandably, there are some high-contact sports which come with the obvious risks of being injured, such as rugby and boxing, in which case it may be more difficult to prove fault and negligence to make a claim.

However, it is always worth contacting a personal injury lawyer to enquire about the eligibility of any potential claim to ensure you don’t miss the opportunity due to the strict time limits in place for making a claim.

Sports injury claims can also be incurred by spectators of sports, not just athletes, meaning that, if you have been injured when attending or spectating a sport, then you may also be entitled to make a claim.

Our sports injury lawyers at Major Trauma Group are highly experienced and knowledgeable in this area of the law and can provide you with personalised advice and support regarding your potential serious injury claim.

Incidents that may lead to sports injury claims

It is important to remember that a sports injury claim is only likely to be successful if you can prove the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, whether that be another person or an organisation.

Some common examples of sport injury claims brought by sports players can include:

  • Poorly maintained and hazardous sports fields or courts
  • Illegal sports tackles
  • Negligent coaching techniques
  • Violent behaviour from other sports players
  • Poor, faulty and dangerous sports equipment
  • Negligent refereeing leading to avoidable injury
  • Sports governing bodies failing to administrate the game correctly or make rule changes to protect participants from obvious harm
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As previously mentioned, spectators of sports can also bring a sports injury claim if they are involved in an accident that wasn’t their fault. Examples of when a spectator could be injured include:

  • Fights breaking out between fans at a sports game
  • Defects at the sporting location, such as unsafe seating or uneven grounds
  • Being struck by a ball or puck

It is always important to keep in mind that though there are many different scenarios in which a person can be injured either playing a sport or watching a sporting event, to make a claim for compensation negligence must be proven.

What should you do following a sports injury?

The first thing you should always do if you have been in an accident or suffered an injury due to negligence is to seek the most appropriate medical attention at your GP or the hospital.

As soon as you feel able to after the accident, collecting and gathering pieces of evidence regarding your injuries will prove useful during the process of making a claim.

Evidence may include photographs of the scene of the accident or faulty equipment that caused the accident, for example.

It may also be useful to obtain witness statements from people who witnessed the accident. You must also ensure you report the accident to whoever is responsible or in charge of the sporting event.

When you are ready to start thinking about making a claim for compensation for the injuries you have suffered, you can then reach out to Major Trauma Group. Our expert lawyers are on hand to discuss the merits of your case and provide industry-leading advice and support.

Rehabilitation for sports injuries

At Major Trauma Group, we are passionate about securing our clients with access to expert post-discharge rehabilitation treatments alongside any financial compensation they may be entitled to.

Rehabilitation is important to ensure you have the best chance of making a full recovery and get your life back on track. The sooner an injury is treated and supported by a professional, the higher the chances of the recovery being successful.

Our lawyers will negotiate with insurers to ensure you have access to expert rehabilitation treatments alongside any financial compensation for the suffering caused by your injuries. We can also advocate for you to receive medical treatment during the claims process itself, before any final settlement has been reached.

How much could your injury claim be worth?

It is always difficult to estimate how much a claim could be worth at the start of the process, but generally, the more severe an injury, the higher the amount of compensation.

Compensation is split into two categories, general damages and special damages.

General damages refer to compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of amenities. Special damages cover the additional financial expenses you have endured as a result of the injury, such as loss of earnings and travel costs.

It is important to remember to keep receipts for such expenses to prove special damages during the claims process.

How can Major Trauma Group help you with a sports injury claim?

Major Trauma Group comprises a panel of expert serious injury lawyers based across the country who are able to assist clients with a range of high value claims on a no win no fee basis. Many sporting activities can lead to serious or life changing injuries, and our lawyers work hard to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.

If you are interested in making a sports injury claim following serious or life changing injury, or have any queries surrounding the services we offer here at Major Trauma Group, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team today. You can contact us by using the form below.

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