Since 1990 over 70 professional footballers have died on the job. But these fatalities don’t seem to make the news, follow our guide on how to claim for a sports-related injury...
Sports-related accidents are not rare. We are told that playing sports is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It keeps us fit, it’s good for our social life, and it can prevent illnesses like depression and can build our self-esteem…
All of these factors seem all well and good unless something goes badly wrong, and you are left with either a temporary or permanent disability.
The majority of high-profile sporting injuries tend to occur to the most high-profile stars in the professional sporting events. That is what happened when Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the field at White Hart Lane, which became big news in 2012.
Muamba suffered a heart attack, which led to his heart stopping for 71 minutes. Despite this, he was fortunate enough to survive.
Stains, sprains, fractures, concussions and cuts that happen each day on playing fields, tennis courts and gyms across the UK.
But when you play a sport, you accept a certain amount of risk and know that you might get injured.
The FIA, (the official body that organises the sport), has been forced to act on its legal responsibilities by manufacturers, drivers and government regulation.
Therefore if your coach in soccer or rugby team pushes you too hard, and fails to take into account any known injuries and or weaknesses, then he or she is breaching their duty of care.
Likewise, if you are playing on council or private playing fields, the owner or those in charge of those facilities have to make sure they are properly maintained. If you are injured as a result of someone breaking those rules, then it’s only fair that you shouldn't have to suffer as a consequence.
Even though the majority of sporting injuries occur as part of playing the game, some, on the other hand, can be caused by another person being negligent in their acts or failure to act.
If you believe that you were injured as a result of someone else's negligence and that your injury was reasonably foreseeable, then follow our easy steps so that you can claim for your injury.
1. Take notes
It’s important to keep notes of all the events and conditions that surround the accident. Be sure to take photographs of any faulty equipment.
Find the names and contact details of any witnesses that were present, officials or stewards.
2. Get medical attention
Make sure that you seek a doctor immediately to lessen the risk of more serious problems later on. Not all injuries show straight away, especially if you have suffered a knock to your head.
3. Seek legal advice
A lawyer will be able to advise you if your case has a reasonable prospect of success, the amount you are likely to get and can help you with the process of your claim.
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