Accidents While Playing Sport
While watching and playing sport is a pleasurable experience it sometimes comes with a certain amount of risk. In both competitive and non-competitive environments, sporting injuries can be an unwelcome result, particularly in contact sports such as football, hockey and rugby. Sport accidents can be painful and if you are injured as a result of the negligence of another party then you may be entitled to compensation - each participant owes a duty of care to the other. Naturally you cannot make a claim for a trip or fall which is the result of a legal tackle or action of a competitor.
The injury does not necessarily have to be caused by an opponent and could be the result of a playing surface which has fallen into a state of disrepair or even unsafe sports equipment. Spectators are also entitled to compensation if they suffer an injury due to inadequate safety measures. Organisations who manage sports facilities have a responsibility to maintain their facilities to prevent sport accidents and personal injury.
Sport accidents can occur in an academic institution, as part of work or on private property, and the priority is to get medical attention, not only to assess the damage that has been caused but also so that you have evidence of how and when you sustained the injury. As with all personal injury cases you must bring your claim within three years of the accident and it would be prudent to seek the advice of a specialist personal injury lawyer who has experience in dealing with sport accidents.
- Last Updated on 02/03/2010