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Playing physical contact sport i.e. Rugby, can be dangerous and you could be at risk of injury by someone else whilst playing or even watching the sceptical. You may be entitled to compensation where your injury is someone else’s fault.
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Sports injuries can occur in a different range of sports, and though some rules of the game do protect players, sometimes injuries occur outside these regulations and mean that someone else might be to blame. In these circumstances you may be entitled to make a claim.
Though there are situation where you might entitled to make a claim, when playing a sport there is always a chance you might suffer an injury. If you have fallen or slipped when playing or watching and no one is at fault you may not be able to make a claim.
If you have suffered an injury in any of the following places, you may be able to claim:
- At work – including if you work in the Armed Forces
- Educational Institutions; School, College or University
- Private Property
- Public or Council Property
Sports Injuries that you can claim for include:
using equipment in sport is usually essential and if you are injured whilst using it, and the product has a fault or wasn’t maintained properly you may be entitled to claim. Occasionally equipment may have not been set up properly, goal posts may be lose or not assembled and you may trip over and injure yourself. This may also be the case with ground pegs sticking out of the ground, if you are injured because of these you may be entitled to claim.
Poorly Maintained Surfaces:
Sometimes sports matches will be played even a pitch isn’t in suitable condition. Michael Lewin helped a man claim compensation after he broke his leg on a waterlogged pitch. The referee’s report confirmed that the pitch made the tackle that he sustained more dangerous. Through this he was able to make a claim.
Spectators at a sport:
If you are injured whilst watching a sport because of the conditions where you are watching it you may be able to make a claim. These conditions include; if the seating is unsafe, lighting conditions, levels of noise and shelter.
If you have been injured because you haven’t receiving proper training or you have been pushed too hard and been injured as a result of this you may be entitled to make a claim.
Contact sports can be dangerous and you can be injured, but if the other player adheres to the rules you may not be able to claim. However, if an illegal move is made and you are injured you might be entitled to claim.
Recently Michael Lewin Solicitors helped a 15 year old girl make a claim after her teacher forced her to play rugby against a group of boys, one of the boys tackled her and she dislocated her shoulder and fractured her wrist.
If you have had a sports injury that wasn’t your fault please contact us here at Michael Lewin Solicitors on 0113 200 9787.
Sports Injury FAQ’s
Who will my sports injury claim be against?
When you’ve made the decision to make a claim, we’ll do some detective work weighing up who’s responsible for your injuries, and we’ll contact them to see if they’ll take responsibility. We can also help with claims where you’re partially to blame for your injuries, but someone else has also played a part in the incident. If this is the case, you’ll receive a set proportion of the compensation which reflects your role in the accident.
We could help you make a sports injury claim against:
- The owner of a sports ground/facility
- The organiser of a sporting event
- Medical staff (if they failed to detect an injury)
- Match officials
- Teachers (if a child is injured during PE at school)
- Another athlete/player
What can cause sports injuries?
You could sustain an injury whilst playing sports and sometimes they’re no one’s fault; these things can happen. However, this may not always be the case. We could help you make a sports injury claim if your injury was caused by:
- A deliberate assault (by another athlete, player or spectator)
- A reckless or late tackle
- Dangerous ground conditions
- Faulty equipment
- Inadequate training (e.g. on how to safely use equipment)
- A poorly maintained venue/stadium
- Bad advice by a trainer/coach
If your injury is resulting from someone else’s negligent or dangerous behaviour, we can help you make a compensation claim and help move your life forward.
No matter how your injury was sustained, we’ll always work hard to gather all the evidence needed to support your claim. When putting a claim together we could interview spectators and other players, look at CCTV, and collect medical reports to show the impact of your injury.
Why Michael Lewin Solicitors?
We have many years of personal injury experience, having successfully recovered millions of pounds in compensation for our clients.
We have helped a wide variety of people injured in many different areas of employment obtain as much money as possible for more than a decade.
This wealth of knowledge and experience combined with our unrivalled level of determination to get you what is rightfully yours sets us apart from the rest.
We offer the very highest standard of customer care, whilst being warm, friendly and courteous, and ensure that every step of the claim process is as clear and straightforward as possible.
How do I know if I have a claim for compensation?
If you believe you may be suffering from a work-related illness/industrial disease and believe that has been caused by the negligence of a former employer or a combination of employers, call us on 0113 200 9787 or email us at email@example.com
Our friendly team of legal advisors will be able to tell you within a matter of minutes if you have the right to compensation.
How long will it take to receive my compensation?
This does vary very much depending on the circumstances, but typically between 12 and 24 months.
Can I still claim if my accident was some time ago?
If you are 18 years old or over, you are entitled to make a claim provided you do so within 3 years of the date of the accident. If you are under the age of 18 you must start your claim before the age of 21.
Will I have to fill in lots of paperwork?
Certainly not! We will do most of the paperwork for you, and explain every step of the process in a friendly and easy way to understand.
Will I need to meet you face to face?
Although you are more than welcome to do so, we usually correspond with our clients by telephone and post.
Only in very exceptional circumstances will it be necessary for you to come in to our offices.
Our experts will handle every aspect of your claim and keep you updated on a regular basis.
Will I have to go to court?
It is very unlikely that you will have to go to Court. Most cases are settled via telephone or written negotiation.
We will do everything we can to avoid unnecessary court appearances.
Will I have to have a medical examination?
Yes. It is necessary to obtain a medical report so that your solicitor can place an accurate value on your injuries. Your medical appointment will be at a convenient time and place close to where you live.
What exactly can I claim for?
You are entitled to make a claim for your personal injury, any loss of earnings, travel and medical expenses, any care required, and any other out of pocket expenses.
Can I get an interim compensation payment?
Yes. In some circumstances we may help you apply for an interim payment to assist you with any immediate financial issues you may face.
This could provide you with funding for treatment or home improvements such as wheel chair access and support handles.
Are you able to arrange my treatment?
Yes. We work with a number of rehabilitation providers who are able to assess your needs and arrange the appropriate course of treatment.
These charges will be claimed from your employer’s insurance company, meaning that you are not out of pocket.
What will this cost? How will my claim be funded?
Your claim is likely to be run under a Conditional Fee Agreement.
This is often referred to as a No Win No Fee agreement. This means win or lose you pay nothing.