In recent years, sport injury has become increasingly high profile. From grass-roots teams, to elite athletes, injuries seem to becoming more widespread…or at least, more publicised.
We all know that pros of physical exercise far outweigh the cons and of course, some injuries are unavoidable… in fact, many sports would not be as enjoyable if the element of risk and adrenalin were taken away. Skiing, American football, eventing and sky diving are all more ‘dangerous’ than tennis, croquet and darts, but that doesn’t stop millions of people enjoying these sports each year. If anything, the rush of adrenalin seems to fuel their popularity.
Sporting injuries range from broken bones and sprains, to much more serious head or brain injuries, including concussion. Some sports are obviously more susceptible to certain injuries – horse riding for example sees many head injuries and broken bones caused by falls, whilst rugby union sees many concussions and neck injuries due to the scrum.
Finding comprehensive and accurate statistics on accidents is difficult, as many sports are played recreationally and therefore are not recorded. At organised competitions or matches, officials have a responsibility to record any accidents but this is not a requirement at unofficial matches and so it can be difficult to properly assess the amount of injuries sustained during sporting activities.
Thankfully many affiliated sports bodies do invest heavily into safety features which minimise the risk in their sport. In addition, they look closely at rules and regulations to ensure that those taking part are faced with the least amount of risk possible. This can include research into sports surfaces which reduce the risk of injury or the development of safety equipment such as helmets, padding and back even back protectors.
But it’s not just those taking part that need to be considered – officials, referees and spectators can all sustain injury if insufficient safety measures are in place. Certain activities such as motorsports can also pose risks to those who are spectating and it is the organisers’ responsibility to ensure that that risk is minimised.
Claiming compensation after a sports accident
The law relating to sports accidents is complex and not everyone who is injured will be eligible to make a claim as there will be many contributory factors that need to be taken into account, in addition, either an individual or organisation will need to be directly liable for your injury, i.e. their failings meant that you sustained an injury. This could include an official who allows you to continue to play despite an obvious concussion, or perhaps an organisation which has let you play with defective equipment.
At Freeclaim Solicitors we have over 30 years’ experience in handling complex sporting injury claims. We will be able to give you free, no obligation, and confidential advice to establish whether or not you are able to claim. Call us today onto see how we can help you.