Sport Injury Claims
Sports injuries are incredibly common and can vary in severity dramatically. With both amateur and professional sports people making claims for compensation following injuries, the types of cases that we deal with range in size of compensation awards. Some sports injuries can have a significant and permanent impact on the way in which claimants are able to live their lives and it is important to recognise the potential losses that this can lead to.
Personal injury solicitors are highly experienced in the management of a wide range of injury claims. They are committed to providing an efficient and friendly service to those seeking the compensation that they deserve for injuries negligently sustained while engaging in sports activities.
Am I eligible to make a sports injury claim?
In order to be eligible to make a claim for compensation for a sporting accident, the injury must have:
- Occurred within the last 3 years
- Been caused by another party
- Resulted from the negligence of a responsible party
To make a successful claim, your solicitor will be responsible for presenting a strong case that highlights the liability of the defendant and the severity of the in injuries and losses that you have sustained. Some of the most common sports injury claims including those relating to:
- Illegal and violent tackles
- Defective sports equipment
- Inadequate supervision during a session or training lesson
- Injuries sustained due to a trainer not being suitably qualified
- Being injured in the pavilion due to overcrowding
- Violent behaviour by the spectators
- Damaged pitch or sports field which creates slips and trip hazards
If you have suffered a sports injury of any degree of severity and it is possible to determine that someone else was liable for your condition, you should be eligible to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
What will be required of me to make a claim?
It is the responsibility of your solicitor to build a strong case that proves the liability of the defendant and the severity of your symptoms. In order to do this, the solicitor will request various pieces of information and evidence from you. This may include the following:
- Copies of any accident records that were made from the incident in which your injury occurred
- Copies of any medical records and diagnoses
- Treatment plans and receipts for any related prescriptions
- Any witnesses statements or contact details of witnesses who saw your accident
- Any further documentation that provides evidence of the impact that your injury has had on your life
Once all of the information is gathered, the solicitor will build the case to demonstrate the detrimental impact of the injury on you and will seek to achieve the highest settlement figure possible.
How much compensation can I expect?
The amount of compensation that is awarded to you greatly depends upon the severity of your individual case. In order to achieve the highest award possible, your solicitor will seek to prove that your condition has had a substantial negative impact on your life and has led to significant damages and loss.
At your initial free consultation, your solicitor will gather details about your case and assess the likely outcome. They will also answer any questions you may have about the claims process or the services they are able to offer. This will help you to manage expectations throughout the claim and understand the strength of your case from the outset. Be assured that your solicitor will work hard to secure the highest possible settlement figure for claimants in all circumstances.
Is there a time limit for making a claim?
As with other personal injury claims, to be eligible, you must initiate your case within three years of the date of the injury or from the date of diagnosis. If the sports injury was suffered before the claimant’s 18th birthday, the three-year time limit commences on the day that the child turns 18.
Solicitors encourage clients to commence their claim at the earliest opportunity as this will inevitably make it easier to source evidence and witness reports where applicable. By initiating your claim as early as possible, you also give your solicitor plenty of time to negotiate the highest settlement award possible on your behalf. This can help to pay for any additional treatment you require to get your life back on track as soon as possible.
How long will it take to process my claim?
Claims for sports injuries can vary in the level of complexity and therefore the time that it takes to complete a case. Your solicitor will assess the details of your individual circumstances and will be able to offer tailored advice as to how straightforward or complex your situation is in comparison to similar cases. This will then enable the solicitor to detail the expected length of time for completion.
There are ways in which you can support your solicitor in processing your claim. Providing as much detail as possible from the outset establishes an excellent platform for the case and thereafter, gathering as much relevant documentation and evidence as possible will help the solicitor to negotiate a settlement figure more quickly on your behalf.
No win, no fee service
The injury solicitors we work in partnership with are pleased to offer you the opportunity to make a claim for the compensation that you rightly deserve on a no win, no fee basis. This means that you are not required to make any upfront payments, and will only be required to pay any fees if they are successful in winning your claim. This payment will be a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation that is awarded to you. If your injury lawyer is unable to win your case, the no win no fee service means you won’t pay a penny.