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With sport, there’s always some element of risk, and we all know that injuries can happen. However, in cases where your injury is someone else’s fault, you might be able to claim compensation.
We have a team of expert lawyers who specialise in getting compensation for clients who have suffered sport related injuries. Finding out who is responsible for these injuries can be complicated, but our solicitors have considerable experience of investigating and making claims of this kind.
Our sports injury solicitors have helped people claim compensation after they’ve been injured in a variety of sports, including:
By making a compensation claim for a preventable injury, you could access support such as rehabilitation and physiotherapy, while also being able to cover any financial losses including travel costs and time off work.
We may be able to accept your sports injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis*, which means that you don’t have to pay any legal fees even if your claim is unsuccessful. Our team can also offer you a free initial consultation where we can find out more about your sports accident.
For more information about making a sports injury claim, call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online and we’ll call you back at a time that’s convenient for you.
When you contact us, you’ll speak to one of our friendly team members, who will talk to you about your injury. This initial consultation is free and from there, we’ll advise you on the best way to take your claim forward.
Contacting Those Responsible For Your Injuries
We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your accident at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for what happened. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure some of your compensation up-front, which can fund private medical care and expenses while your claim is ongoing. These payments, known as interim payments, will be taken out of your final compensation award.
Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from various sources such as witnesses, CCTV and independent medical professionals.
We’ll employ medical professionals to find out how your accident or illness impacted your health and recommend the care you’ll need in the future in order to make the best recovery possible.
Final Settlement & Compensation Awarded
We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.
Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim needs to be decided at court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.
By making a personal injury compensation claim, you can access funds to help cover expenses and any medical treatment you may need.
Every personal injury case is different, so there’s no set amount of compensation you’ll receive. The amount of compensation you’ll get will depend on your circumstances, the severity of your injuries and your chances of making a full recovery.
To work out how much compensation you’re entitled to, we’ll take into account factors such as:
Expenses – including travel expenses to medical appointments, medical equipment and things that help with daily living.
Loss of earnings – to cover any time you’ve had off work and time off you may need in the future. This figure can also cover matters such as not returning to the same role or not being able to return to work.
Pain and suffering – caused by your injury or illness.
Further treatments – to pay for any further surgery or medical procedures you may need after experiencing negligent treatment.
Adaptations – we can help you adapt your home and vehicle after an injury to help with living independently. Find out more about the kind of changes that can be made to a property.
Care costs – to fund home care visits and past and future rehabilitative treatments.
If you’d like to make a compensation claim, contact us to set up a free initial consultation on 0800 056 4110.
You normally have to make a personal injury claim within three years of your accident so you should contact us as soon as possible. By getting in touch with us shortly after your accident, it can make collecting evidence a little easier as there are often fewer problems finding witnesses whose statements we need to support your case.
There are some exceptions to the three year time limit, including:
Claims on behalf of children – these can be made at any point before their 18th birthday. When the child reaches 18, they can make their own claim at any stage up until they turn 21.
Mental capacity – there are no time limits to make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to handle their own case.
Fatal claims – to make a claim on behalf of your loved one, you’ll have three years from the date they died to make a claim. If a post-mortem found that the death was caused by an accident or illness, you have three years from the point where you discovered these findings.
If you would like to make a personal injury claim, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible so we can start work on your case. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.
Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.
At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be better options to fund your claim. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.
If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.
Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.
We have experienced solicitors based across the country who specialise in helping people to claim compensation for sports injuries. We know the issues that you and your loved ones may be facing, and we can answer all of your questions in plain English.
Having helped many other people who have suffered sports injuries, our lawyers have specialist experience of investigating and making this type of personal injury claim.
I would certainly recommend Irwin Mitchell to friends and family. The support I’ve received has been fantastic.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can Cause Sports Injuries?
Sports injuries can happen in a variety of ways and sometimes they’re no one’s fault. However, this isn’t always the case. We could help you make a claim if your sports injury was caused by:
A reckless or late tackle
A deliberate assault (by another athlete, player or spectator)
Dangerous ground conditions
Bad advice by a trainer/coach
Inadequate training (e.g. on how to safely use equipment)
A poorly maintained venue/stadium
If your injury is the result of someone else’s negligent or dangerous behaviour, we could help you make a compensation claim and access the rehabilitation you need to move forward with your life.
No matter how your injury happened, we’ll always work hard to gather all the evidence needed to support your claim. To do this we might interview spectators and other players, look at CCTV, and collect medical reports to show the impact of your injury.
If you’re interested in making a sports injury claim, we encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible so we can start looking into your case. You can contact us online or call us free on 0800 056 4110.
Who Will My Sports Injury Claim Be Against?
If you decide to make a claim, we’ll help you work out who’s responsible for your injuries, and will contact them to see if they admit the blame. We can also help with claims where you’re partially to blame for your injuries, but someone else also played a part in the incident. Where this is the case, you’ll receive a set proportion of the compensation which reflects your role in the accident.
We could help you make a sports injury claim against:
The organiser of a sporting event
The owner of a sports ground/facility
Medical staff (if they failed to detect an injury)
Teachers (if a child is injured during PE at school)
To find out if you have a sports injury claim, contact our team today on contact us online to organise a free initial consultation.
Where Can Sports Injuries Happen?
Sports can be played almost anywhere, which means your sports injury could happen in a variety of places. However, no matter where it occurred, we could help you make a claim.
We’ve previously represented clients who have been suffered sports injuries:
At school, college or university
On private property
At council-owned or public facilities
Your sports injury may have also happened because the place where you were training or playing wasn’t maintained to an adequate standard. We could help you make a claim if you were injured because of:
Bad ground conditions/wet playing surfaces
Badly maintained/faulty equipment
Incorrect protective equipment being provided for weather conditions
Obstacles not being cleared away (litter, water spills, equipment)
If you’ve been injured in a sports accident, contact us for expert advice on 0800 056 4110.
All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.
*To make a No Win No Fee claim, you need to enter into an agreement that's linked to a suitable insurance policy. We'll explain this in more detail before we start your claim.
About Irwin Mitchell
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