Sports Injury - Claim for Negligence
Sport Injury Claims
We all know that physical exercise and participating in sport is good for our health, but the physical nature of exercise and sports can also leave people with serous injuries that are painful and that can have a huge impact on their lives and careers.
Compensation for Sport Injuries
All sport has risks attached to it, but many sports injuries can be sustained through no fault of the sports person or the person undertaking the exercise. Here are some examples:-
- An exercise class teacher not spending adequate time getting participants to warm up properly.
- An exercise teacher showing people "moves" that are actually dangerous and are known to cause injuries.
- A trainer pushing a player too hard.
- Someone suffering an injury due to poor or defective equipment.
- Staff at a gym not being suitably qualified to teach people how to use equipment or to advise people on exercise.
- A competitor in a sporting event being violent or malicious.
- A playing surface being defective or poorly maintained.
- An injury at a school sports day because of inadequate supervision.
Those are just a few examples of cases where a claim for personal injury compensation for a sport injury could be relevant. It doesn't matter if you are an amateur or professional, if the accident was caused through no fault of your own or by somebody's negligence, you could have a case for compensation.
It's not just sports-people, players and exercise enthusiasts who can suffer injuries, sometimes spectators suffer personal injuries too.
Spectators of sporting events should be entitled to enjoy the event without being at risk of injury. Spectator injuries can be sustained if there is insufficient crowd control, adequate safety measures are not in place to protect spectators, too many spectators have been allowed in the sports ground, the spectators are exposed to hazards, unsafe seating or shelter has been used or there is inadequate lighting.
The Hillsborough Disaster is the most well known case of spectator injury. In 1989, at Hillsborough Football Stadium, 96 people were killed when they were crushed and hundreds of people injured. The Taylor Report inquiry blamed failure of police control for the disaster. Various compensation claims were brought against the police.
How to claim compensation if You Suffer a Sports Injury or Spectator Injury
If you suffer an injury while taking part in sport or an exercise class, or from watching a event, the first thing you should do is to seek medical attention. Not only will this allow you to have the appropriate treatment for your sport injury, it will also mean that there is a record of your injury and its extent, if you decide to seek the services of a no win no fee lawyer and claim accident compensation.
As soon as possible after the injury, you should get legal advice from specialist personal injury solicitors who can advise you on your case, let you know the likelihood of success, give you an idea of the potential compensation and build a personal injury case on your behalf. If you suffered the injury through no fault of your own whilst taking part in or watching a sport event, you should be able to make a claim for compensation which will allow you to move on with your life and compensate you for your suffering and the impact that the injury has had on your life.
Ask a no win no fee solicitor for advice on your particular circumstances and make sure that you claim within three years of the accident.