aking part in sporting activities naturally has a greater risk of injury than regular activities because you will be pushing your body to extremes and in some cases using heavy equipment. Even simple exercise such as running or cycling have a risk of injury from tripping, falling or being injured by other road users. It could be argued that group sports such as football or rugby have a greater risk of injury as there are more people involved and more extreme sports such as skiing or skateboarding also come with a higher risk factor. Some injuries can’t be avoided and are an inevitable part of playing sports. However, if you feel that taking part in a sport has led you to be injured in circumstances which weren’t your fault then you could make a sports injury claim.
Can I make a claim?
Sports injuries are not always clear cut as sports do come with an associated risk and if you’re injured as a result of accidental contact during team sports or from judgement errors which you’ve made in individual sports then you might not be able to make a claim.
In some cases though you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation such as…
- Faulty equipment, including weights or machines at the gym or poorly maintained hire equipment such as bikes or canoes for example
- Unsafe surfaces on pitches or courts which could cause trips and slips • Inadequate signage at a sports venue or inadequate instruction from staff at the venue including from referees or personal trainers for example
- Players performing dangerous moves within a team game Common sports claims can include hand injury claims from sports such as weightlifting, or leg injuries from team sports including football. If you have been injured when playing a sport then you should seek medical attention to determine the extent of your injury and also create a record of your injury should you wish to make a claim. You should also speak to an injury claim lawyer who will be able to guide you through the process of making a compensation claim.