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Anyone who plays football knows that injuries can happen. In most cases these injuries are nobody’s fault – it’s just part of the game. However, things change when reckless, negligent or intentionally harmful behaviour causes more serious football injuries.
Our solicitors have helped many people make football injury claims, following injuries sustained as a result of a dangerous tackle or because of poor pitch conditions.
An injury caused by someone else’s negligence can have life-changing consequences. If you’ve suffered as a result of a football injury, we can help you seek answers and compensation.
We’ll fight fearlessly to achieve the best outcome for your claim. We have an in-depth understanding of the legal issues around football injuries, and we know what positive action to take to make a difference.
Rehabilitation is an important part of many claims, which is why we’ll make sure that you have access to any specialist medical care you might need for your injury. We take on many cases on a No Win No Fee* basis, meaning there’s no financial risk to you – we also offer an initial consultation that’s totally free.
Call us free on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online for a free initial consultation about making a football injury claim.
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 football 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 football 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
When Can I Make A Football Injury Claim?
If you have suffered an injury while playing football, whether as a professional or a Sunday League player, you could be entitled to claim sport injury compensation.
If you were injured by a malicious or reckless tackle, we could help you make a compensation claim.
Of course many football injures happen as a result of perfectly legal challenges. If you were injured by a legitimate tackle, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to claim compensation. However, even if you’re unsure about what happened, you should contact our legal advisers on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case.
Bad tackles aren’t the only cause of football injury claims. The owners of sports facilities have a duty to provide a safe playing environment, so you may have a case if you’ve been injured as a result of:
A poorly maintained pitch
Chemicals, shards of glass or other hazards on the pitch
We’ve helped thousands of people make personal injury claims, so we’re experienced at investigating how accidents happen and what should have been done to prevent them. For more information, phone us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.
What Kind Of Injuries Happen On The Football Pitch?
Although knocks and bruises are unavoidable in a contact sport like football, bad challenges or poor pitch conditions can cause a range of injuries, including:
Serious cuts and lacerations
Concussion and other head injuries
Depending on the nature of your injury, you may find that you’re unable to work or carry out everyday tasks. We’ll make sure that these factors are taken into account by your compensation.
Deep lacerations caused by shards of glass and other hazards can leave scars, which could have an effect on your psychological wellbeing. Our solicitors understand how distressing this can be, so we’ll work hard for it to be recognised in your claim.
Phone one of our legal advisers on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice about your claim or contact us online.
What Evidence Do I Need To Make A Claim?
The sooner you get in touch with us, the easier it is for us to investigate your claim. We may need to interview other players, referees and spectators, so it’s important we speak to them while the incident is still fresh in their minds.
If there’s any video evidence, you should keep hold of it. Similarly, try and take photos of anything relating to the injury, for example:
Grooves showing where the tackle happened
Football injury claims can be complex and not everyone who is injured while playing football will have a claim, so you’ll need to contact a legal team that understands this area. We have a team of specialist lawyers with experience of helping both professional and amateur players seek compensation for injuries sustained on the football pitch.
We can offer you expert support and advice on your claim, and help you to secure the compensation that you deserve.
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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