The participants in sporting contests often put themselves at risk of injury due to a variety of factors such as injuries occurring due to the conduct of another player or injuries occurring due to the referee or umpire not fully performing his duty of care to protect the players.
In both these cases a full analysis of negligence will need to be undertaken with such things as what can usually be expected to be part and parcel of that particular sport in the case of injuries caused by other participants and the laws of the game in relation to the conduct of the referee or umpire.
Cases of negligence
There are however, many other scenarios in which you may become injured due to another’s negligence in the sporting world. They are as follows:
- Caused by a dangerous defect on the pitch or court
- Caused by a dangerous defect in the equipment you have been supplied to use
- Caused by inadequate supervision or training where this would normally be required
- Caused by incorrect instructions from a formal instructor or trainer
- Caused by unsafe or poorly maintained equipment and facilities
The above types of accident would not be considered part of the normal, reasonable conduct that a participant in a sport would consent to and could give rise to a valid compensation claim.
More often than not sporting venues, schools and clubs will have adequate liability insurance in place to cover the above eventualities as personal injury claims.
Loss of earnings or other financial loss
In a lot of cases sports injuries can be serious and may result in the victim experiencing a loss of earnings or some other financial losses in addition to the physical pain caused by the injury.
Many people will, therefore, seek the advice of a solicitor experienced in sport injury cases so that their individual case will be assessed and advised on the best avenue of making a personal injury claim.
Claiming for Damages
If an individual suffers an injury whilst taking part in a sporting activity their first step should be to seek medical attention in order to determine the nature of the injury and to ensure that they receive the appropriate medical attention.
For more information on:
- Sports Injury Compensation
- General Damages
- Special Damages
- Serious Injury
- Loss of congenial employment