Sports Injury Claims

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If you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence you may be able to make a sports injury compensation claim.

It’s easy to assume that when you are injured while playing a sport, you won’t be entitled to any compensation. But this isn’t necessarily true. If you were injured in an accident that happened because of someone’s negligence, you could claim compensation.

Injuries to players

Although sports often come with the risk of injury, it’s more frustrating and upsetting when an injury could have been avoided. If your injury was someone else’s fault, you could be able to make a personal injury claim to help your recovery.

For example, if you suffer a broken leg in a tackle from someone who was trained negligently, you could be able to make a claim. You could also claim if you were injured using a piece of equipment that has not been properly maintained.

You may also have suffered from violent actions, such as physical assault, or been injured when playing on dangerous grounds. If you were not instructed in the correct way to do something – such as using a piece of equipment – you could also make a claim if you then suffer an injury.

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will help you present the strongest case possible.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents and housing disrepair. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 35% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident and housing disrepair claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Injuries to spectators

Although it is rare that a spectator should suffer an injury at a sporting event, it can and does happen. There are a number of ways you could be hurt as a spectator.

It could be down to poor maintenance of the venue, which could result in accidents like slips, trips or falls. You could also be hurt if the venue was overcrowded or the organisers didn’t have the proper crowd control in place.

Being hit by sports equipment, including balls, bats or rackets, could also result in an injury. You might also be the victim of an act of violence as a spectator of a sporting event.

If you are injured in any accident while spectating that was the fault of someone else, you could be able to make a claim for compensation.

Why should I make a sports injury claim?

An injury can cause real negative effects on your life. You may have to undergo long-term treatment, take time off work or even suffer a permanent health problem.

After an injury that wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. This can help you pay for any medical treatment you need, which will help you get back on your feet.

By making a compensation claim for a sports injury, you can also help to draw attention to what caused your injury. This could help the sports organiser fix what went wrong and stop the same accident happening to anyone else in the future.

How long do I have to make a claim?

In most cases of a sport injury, you’ll have three years in which to make a claim. But there are some exceptions to this.

For example, children can make a claim at any point until their 18th birthday, after which the three-year time limit kicks in. And if you are claiming on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to claim themselves, you will likely not face a time limit.

If you have any questions about how long you have to make a claim, just get in touch with our friendly team of advisors. They will be happy to talk you through your situation.

How much compensation will I receive?

Every accident and the resulting injury is different, which makes your claim unique. This means it is difficult to say exactly what you might be entitled to without an initial conversation with our team.

For a rough idea of what you might be awarded for a successful claim, visit our Compensation Calculator.

If you think you have a claim for a sports injury, all you have to do is give us a free call, request a call back or start your claim online. We’ll discuss what happened to you and then take you through the best next steps for you.


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