Anyone who plays sport, whether on a professional or an amateur level, knows that the risk of injury is part and parcel of the game. However, if you are injured in a sporting accident which was caused by someone else's negligence or a lack of safe resources or equipment, you could be entitled to compensation.
There is a multitude of injuries that can occur, but some types of injury are more commonly associated with specific sports. Below is a list of popular sports and the risks associated with them.
Ice and winter sports: ice skating, skiing and ice hockey require varying degrees of contact, but harsh surfaces, fast speeds and sharp blades can cause significant injuries.
Outdoor and arena activities: skate parks, bike grounds and trampoline centres are examples of sport and leisure venues that are often busy with both visitors and athletes. Larger numbers of people and unsafe surroundings can often lead to accidents.
Violent sports: fighting, wrestling and boxing have both obvious and hidden dangers. As well as the risk of fighting injuries to participants, staff and spectators can be at risk through unsafe seating, staging and backstage areas etc.
Fitness activities: exercise classes, fitness groups and gym sessions may sound completely safe, but risks are still present. Even in classes like yoga that sound gentle, you may injure yourself if you weren’t trained or inducted properly, or if you were provided with unsafe equipment.
If a professional coach or trainer is negligent or pushes a pupil beyond their capabilities, the teacher could be held accountable for the injuries suffered as a result.
Officials and referees
Referees and umpires must exercise their best judgment and be aware of all possible situations where an unnecessary injury could occur otherwise they could find themselves liable.
In a public setting, such as a leisure centre, activity hall or gym, where sporting or leisure activities have taken place, the management is responsible for ensuring the activity is safe and compliant with relevant rules.
If an accident has been caused by an unsafe, broken or defective product, the manufacturer of the equipment is most likely liable for any injuries sustained. Manufacturers and suppliers of defective equipment could be found liable under product liability law.
Injuries to spectators might be less common than accidents for those who are playing, but they’re not altogether unheard of. There is a duty of care obligation on owners and managers of stadiums, pitches and sports halls to ensure the safety of those attending a match, game or training exercise.
Whether accidental, or as a direct result of negligence or assault, it’s important to seek damages for injuries sustained either as a spectator or participant of sport. To speak to a lawyer, call us on 0800 10 757 95 or fill in our online claim form, and we’ll be happy to discuss your situation in greater depth.
YouClaim offers a nationwide service of experienced lawyers, able to advise and represent claimants on all types of sport injury compensation claims.
For initial contact with a professional solicitor, you can speak to one of our helpful legal team by calling 0800 10 757 95, or use the claim form and we’ll be in touch to discuss your case in greater detail.