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Damian Horan
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  • Sports related injuries

Sports related injuries

All sports carry some risk of injury, whether you are a professional sportsman or sportswoman or an amateur. Some sports however are inherently risky including football, rugby, horse racing and motor racing.

Sports related claims carry complexities, as victims will be required to prove the injury sustained was caused by a level of recklessness or carelessness.  For example, if injury is caused as a result of an illegal player-on-player tackle which is reckless or dangerous it may be possible to make a claim for compensation.

Some examples of sports injuries which may result in a claim for compensation can include the following:

  • If the playing surface was badly maintained, not regularly inspected or defective and this caused you injury, you may be able to make a claim.
  • If the safety equipment and protective clothing, required for certain sports, is faulty or badly maintained, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
  • Inadequate supervision or training. If you are learning a sport under tuition, your trainer should be suitably qualified to ensure that you do not suffer harm.
  • A sports referee or umpire has a duty of care to the participants of the game to make all reasonable efforts to prevent unnecessary risk.
  • Incorrect instructions from a qualified instructor or trainer. The trainer/instructor has a legal obligation under health and safety regulations to meet proper standards to ensure that those taking part are free from unnecessary risk.
  • Sports men and women from amateur to professional have a duty to other participants to take reasonable care in all the circumstances when playing sports.

In most cases, sporting venues, schools and/or other educational establishments and clubs will have liability insurance in place to cover such claims.

At Moore Blatch, we are experienced in the conduct of sports personal injury litigation and have experience and knowledge of many sports making us an excellent choice in advocating for your best interests.