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Sporting Injuries

As fun as sport may be, a lot of the activities are dangerous and you are at risk of injury in participating.

When a person is injured as a result of sport, who is to blame and what does it take to prove that somebody else is at fault?

There are various sporting activities which can result in injury not only to the participant but also to spectators, match officials and commentators.

At Ramsdens Solicitors we are able to assist you when the worst happens and you unfortunately suffer injury. We will consider the psychological, physical and financial impact upon you and assist you with arranging any rehabilitation that may speed up your recovery.

It is often the case that sports-persons are affected significantly as a result of injury. Claims for professionals are often complicated in respect of their earning capacity. Lost earnings, benefits and bonuses must be considered to assess financial loss.

Amateur sports-persons can also be substantially impacted by their recreational activities.

Ramsdens Solicitors will ensure that all aspects of your claim are investigated in a sympathetic and professional manner.

When participating in sporting activity there is always some element of risk, if you are able to prove the following then you may have a claim to investigate:-

  • you were owed a duty of care,
  • that the duty of care was breached and
  • that you suffered damage as a result of the breach.

Examples of sports where claims arise are:

  • Horse riding
  • Football
  • Motor racing
  • Rugby
  • Experience sports – for example skiing, bungee jumping, sky-diving

Individual circumstances must be considered, as not all injuries will fall into these types of claims.

There are steps that you can take to improve your chances of successfully pursuing a claim for damages.

Any evidence which you gather can make a crucial difference to whether or not you receive compensation.

Any photographs or video footage of the scene which demonstrates how the accident occurred would be of particular assistance to your claim.

It is important that you are able to make contact with people who have witnessed your accident and obtain their opinions regarding who was to blame for your accident. If they are willing to help you pursue a claim for damages, this can be crucial to your case.

Although it is difficult to take these steps when you have suffered an injury, it is certainly worth bearing this in mind to enable the information to be gathered as swiftly as possible.

Memories, of course, fade over time. If there is a crucial witness to your accident but it takes some time to contact them, it is likely that their recollection of the incident will be more vague.

Another important point to bear in mind is that you have three years from the date of injury in which to pursue a claim for damages. This is what is known as the limitation period. Although this seems like a significant length of time, significant steps must be taken to enable your solicitors to be in a position to commence Court proceedings within the three year period, therefore obtaining legal advice as early as possible is essential.

It is not just in the United Kingdom where sporting injuries can occur. It is often the case that activities whilst on holiday can result in injury.

Whilst the law in relation to these activities is not as straightforward as an accident occurring in this country, there are occasions where we will be able to help.

If your injury occurred whilst you were undertaking an activity booked as part of a package holiday, we may be able to assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve.

The speed at which you instruct solicitors in relation to an accident abroad is even more important as the limitation period often differs, and can be as little as two years.

HOW WE CAN HELP

At Ramsdens Solicitors, our specialist lawyers will use their skills and expertise in this area to help you claim compensation after sustaining a sporting injury. We will also provide guidance on the best quality medical care, rehabilitation and making arrangements for the future.

To kick start your claim, or to simply speak to a solicitor, contact Ramsdens today on 0800 804 7450 by texting CLAIMS to 80988, and a member of our team will get back to you.

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