Many people play sports so they can get fit, or they watch sports for their own entertainment and enjoyment, however things can sometimes go awry with sports, resulting in the illness or injury of participants or spectators.
These issues can result in serious negative health consequences or a vastly reduced quality of life for those who are affected. If you have been injured in an accident which occurred whilst playing or watching sports, you may be eligible to make a claim for sports injury compensation.
What types of injuries are covered by sports injury compensation?
Not all sports injuries are covered by sports injury compensation. For example, if your injury was not caused by someone or something other than yourself, then you would not be able to make a claim. If someone else caused the injury, but the injury was as a result of a legal tackle from another player, then this would also highly likely be ineligible for a claim. However, if your accident occurred because the equipment which you were using was faulty, or if the pitch that you were playing on was badly maintained, then you will have good grounds to make a claim for compensation.
Likewise, if you are injured whilst watching sports, due to insufficient safety features in the spectators’ area or reckless behaviour of others, then you will also be entitled to make a claim. You can even make a claim if you are injured whilst playing a contact sport, if the tackle which injured you is deemed to have been unsafe.
My accident happened on private property, can I still make a claim for sports injury compensation?
Yes! You can make a claim for sports injury compensation wherever the accident happened, so long as the accident was not your fault or someone else was partially to blame for the accident. You can even make a claim for sports injuries which happened in your own home, if the injuries which you sustained were the fault of another party. For example, if you were injured whilst using a treadmill at your home, and the injury occurred because of a manufacturing fault with that piece of equipment, then you may be able to make a claim.
In the past, people have also made claims for injuries which have occurred in schools, colleges, universities, places of work, private sports facilities, private property, council-run sports facilities and on public property.
How to make a claim
If you want to make a successful claim, you should consider contacting a sports injury lawyer or claims assessor. In order to make a successful claim for sports injury compensation, it is important that you are able to prove that someone else was responsible. Make sure that you collect as much evidence as possible, including the contact details of any witnesses who saw the incident or its aftermath. You should also make sure that you give your solicitor or claims assessor full access to your medical records, so that they can see the full extent of your injury.