In our everyday lives, no matter how careful you are, it is sometimes impossible not to be unlucky and suffer an accident that wasn't your fault. It is exactly the same when it comes to sports personal injuries. It is important to visit a personal injury lawyer who can help you establish whether you are entitled to compensation and, if you are, get the money you deserve. In this first part, we will delve into the basics of sports injuries, where they can occur in what sorts and what circumstances you may be able to make a claim in.
Sports injuries can severely affect someone’s day to day life and can affect ability to earn an income for themselves and their family. Getting a professional to assess your claim is essential as they will be the ones who guide you through the claims process.
Sport itself will always carry risk, and this is why injury can sometimes be unavoidable. By taking part in the sport in the first place, you have given your consent to be possibly affect by any potential injury that may come as a result of playing that sport. If you are unlucky enough to be injured however, it could be possible to claim for damages.
Whether you are playing just for fun at the lowest level or at professional level, you are entitled to damages should the accident be somebody else’s fault. There are several reasons which could lead to you claiming damages: pitches, courts or playing surfaces are defected or not suitable in some way. The umpire, referee or person in charge did not ensure maximum effort was made to prevent an accident, poor/incorrect instructions issues by person in charge, dangerous conduct by fellow players, poorly maintained equipment and poor and/or inadequate supervision are other reasons which may lead you to be entitled to compensation.
These are not accidents which could occur as part of the day-to-day playing of these sports and not the sort of injury you would expect to receive playing these games. In the majority of cases, the venue and clubs will have insurance which will cover any sports injury claims that may occur.
There are many sports which you could have been participating in which could have led to your injury: sports in a team, outdoor pursuits, winter sports, athletics, water sports, gymnastics and motor sports are just a few of the sports you could suffer injury in.
In part two, we shall take a look at claiming compensation and what types of compensation are available.