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Sports accidents

Injuries that occur while playing sports do not necessarily give rise to a claim. .The cause if the injuries can be simply part of the game. 

Sometimes an injury occurs that is not part of the game and you may be entitled to compensation if somebody was at fault. This applies to anyone who suffers a sports injury whether it is in a professional or amateur recreational context and if the accident is the fault of somebody else.

To establish a claim, the following may apply:

  1. Negligence. There may have been inadequate supervision or training, incorrect instructions from a trainer, reckless or dangerous conduct by players which the referee or umpire has not taken reasonable steps to prevent.
  2. Unsafe or dangerous equipment or facilities
  3. A player in the normal course of playing sport consents to a reasonable level of risk of injury. However in circumstances as outlined above this may not be considered to be part of the normal reasonable circumstances.

Most sporting clubs are covered by liability insurance which includes personal injury claims.

Unfortunately sporting injuries can be significant leading to long periods where the player may be out of work, in hospital, unable to travel or unable to drive, all of which will affect the day to day activities of a normal person such as loss of income, hospital expenses, travel expenses,

It is important to obtain as much information as you can at the time of the accident Including the names and contact details of any witnesses.

To enable you to decide whether or not you are entitled to make a claim you should consult us and give us as much information as you can obtain for our advice on the matter.

If you are a spectator at a sporting activity similar rules apply under the occupier’s liability legislation and the venue should be a safe environment for you to attend a sporting event.This would include seating arrangements, access into the property, lighting, shelter and appropriate stands. The venue should be fit for purpose for a sporting event with a large number of people attending.

If you are involved in an accident it is important to attend your Doctor or Hospital to identify the injury suffered as you will need a medical report in due course.

If you would like to find out if you are entitled to make such a claim you can contact us by filling out our online enquiry form or telephone us on our free phone number 1800 343404.

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