Sports Injury Compensation Glasgow
There is always an element of risk when you play or watch of a sports injury and sometimes people get injured in an accident that no one is to blame for. However, if someone is at fault for an injury you suffered, you may be able to claim compensation for the damage caused.
Injured While Playing Sport
Even if you play a relatively slow paced sport like bowls, you run the risk of pulling a muscle, tripping over equipment or falling over. A high contact sport such as rugby, ice hockey and football would naturally carry a much higher likelihood of injury. Tackles and player collisions are an accepted part of many games. If you are injured in the course of a legal tackle from another player or you simply fall over and get hurt, you would not be able to make a personal injury claim.
However, if you suffer a sports injury as a result of a deliberate or negligent act, then you may be able to claim compensation. A malicious tackle that is not allowed within the rules of the game could give rise to liability if you are injured. Games are often heated, and if you are assaulted by another player you could make a claim against them.
If you have been provided with unsafe playing equipment that results in an accident, you could make a claim against the provider. If an organisation provides a playing space that is not safely maintained then, they could find themselves liable for injuries caused. An example of this could be a five-a-side football pitch with a dangerous playing surface or a ground littered with broken glass.
Sports injuries such as concussions, bone breakages and head injuries can be severe and can have long term life altering consequences that affect not only the ability to take part in sport but also have an impact on work and social lives. Such injuries can occur during sporting activities such as football, taking part in a martial art class or working out at the gym.
Sports Injury for Spectators
An organisation that stages sporting events has a responsibility to ensure that it is safe for the people who attend. Stadiums and grounds must be well maintained. Slip hazards such as spilt drinks should be attended to. If a seat breaks or part of the building structure falls down, the organisation may be held liable for the damage caused. Spectators can be seriously injured if a rally car veers off the track into the crowd or if a fight breaks out between opposing fans. To bring a claim for such an accident, you would need to prove that the injury was the fault of the organisers or club/ ground owners.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Sports Injury?
Compensation claims payouts will vary widely depending on the severity of the sports injury, the circumstances surrounding the case and factors such as the age of the claimant and any long term problems they are suffering as a result of the incident. Claims can be sought for loss of earnings and any mental anguish or trauma that you have suffered as a result of your injury. You can read about compensation award guidelines for injuries such as neck injuries, leg injuries, back injuries and foot injuries.
The claims procedure would start with getting immediate medical attention for your injury. You should tell the doctor all the facts of the incident and explain fully what is wrong with you and how you feel. This diagnosis can then be recorded in the medical files.
You should also try to take the names and address of any witnesses to the injury. These witnesses could provide valuable evidence to support your claim. A photograph of the incident area could also help to establish which party is at fault.
The most important step in seeking the redress you deserve for serious sports injury is to appoint a qualified solicitor who fights hard for you. Claims must be made within three years so contact us today.
Contact Our Glasgow Personal Injury Claim Solicitors
If you have received a sport injury that was someone else’s fault then get in touch with our specialist personal injury team today. We can assess the facts of your case and let you know whether you will be able to make a claim. Our no win no fee* team can also give you an idea of how much compensation you may be able to claim. If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, our trusted lawyers can help you claim compensation. Call us on 01418 465 957. You can also make an online enquiry by completing our claim form.