Over 400,000 people are treated in hospital each year as a result of sports injuries including broken bones, sprains, muscle injuries and back pain. Did you know that if your injury was the result of negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injury? Read on to find out more.
The government set up the Health and Social Care Information Centre in 2013 to track the rapid rise of sports injuries. They found that sports injuries requiring hospital treatment had increased 800% between 2012 and 2013 and that half of all these injuries involved men between the age of 10 and 30. The most common sports related injuries include;
- Ankle sprains
- Ligament strains
- Leg muscle strains in the quads
- Hamstring pulls
- Lower back pain
- Broken bones
When To Claim
Some sports are more dangerous than others. If you play a contact sport like rugby or boxing injuries are a common part of the game. You can’t claim compensation if a boxing opponent injures you or if you fall over on a well maintained football pitch. Thats just part of the game.
If however you injure yourself due to the negligence of the organiser of the sports event or the owner of the facilities then you may have a right to claim compensation. Some examples would include;
- Foreign objects on a sports pitch (glass, potholes, chemicals)
- Injuries caused by faulty equipment
- Dangerous and malicious behaviour or illegal moves
- Physical assault
- Medical negligence
A personal injury claim can be made whether the accident occurred at school, work, on a public facility or a private
The laws relating to sport-related injuries are complicated and not everybody who is injured will be able to make a successful claim for compensation. It is advisable to contact a reputable personal injury lawyer, preferably one with expertise of sports related claims. They will be able to assess your case and give you an honest opinion on your chances of success.
Beware anyone who promises to gain you thousands of pounds of compensation before they have fully considered the facts of your case. Compensation vary’s significantly between cases but payouts can be anywhere from thousands of pounds to hundreds of thousands of pounds in more serious cases.