Many sports present some form of danger. Whether you are playing or watching a sport, these risks are usually monitored in order to reduce the risk of being injured. It is unlikely that you would be able to makesports accident claims if you have been hurt in a fair, legal sporting tackle. However, if you are involved in an accident due to something out of your control, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Sports are meant to be enjoyable and, for some, a relaxing social experience. Competitiveness can overcome even the calmest of people who play sports and the adrenalin that is created can cause people to do things they wouldn’t normally consider. This taking of risks increases the likelihood of accidents occurring.
In crowds things can go wrong in a number of ways. Motor sports and cricket can be particularly dangerous. How many times have you seen a car plough through the barriers into a crowd, or a hard, heavy cricket ball fly at speed through the air into the spectators? Furthermore, crowd trouble and violence are a common occurrence at sports such as football. Injuries can be sustained in violent incidents due to a lack of police or security presence at the ground.
Examples of Sports Injury Claims
There are many ways in which injuries can happen to a player or spectator at a professional, semi-professional, amateur or leisure level sporting event. Some of these include:
- Violent/illegal tackles and challenges
- Defective faulty sports equipment
- Damaged pitch that causes you to trip and fall badly
- Not being supervised properly during a training lesson/session
- Your teacher/trainer not being suitably qualified
- Violent behaviour in the crowd
- Being crushed/injured in the stands due to overcrowding
Of course there are many more sports injury types that you could claim for. For further advice on whether your injuries qualify for a sports injury compensation claim contact us.
Sports people should be protected by whoever is overseeing the game, whether that be a referee, umpire, steward or someone else. Although tackles are expected in contact sports such as rugby and football, these need to be fair and legal within the rules of the game. If the rule boundaries are not being governed by a referee then there is no protection for the players involved and injuries are much more likely to occur.
Similarly with spectators at a sporting event, a high level of crowd protection should be provided to stop any violence or trouble before it breaks out. Certain sports are blighted by troublesome fans that ruin it for people who just want to watch and enjoy themselves. Without the appropriate supervision it is far more likely that accidents can happen in a crowd, which means the ground would become liable to any sportsinjury compensation claims.
Making a Sports Injury Claim for Compensation
Getting hold of a personal injury solicitor experienced in dealing with sports injury compensation claims is important as their expertise will be invaluable when getting the maximum amount of compensation available to you for your injuries. Here at Ashley Ainsworth we can give you access to a top UK sports accident claims solicitor who can help you with your claim.
Making sports accident claims is a right for those unfairly injured in accidents that were not their fault. Call us today for free, professional advice.
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