20 Nov Sports Injury Claims Dublin
Sports injury claims can arise while training or taking part in any sporting activity, whether contact or non-contact sports. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence or wilful act of harm, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim or sports injury claim.
What are the most common sports injuries?
The most common sports injuries can arise from contact sports such as football, rugby, hurling or combat sports such as boxing or MMA. Sports injuries can also arise from less strenuous activity such as running, rowing, yoga or cycling.
Common sports injuries include broken or fractured bones, concussions or head injuries, damaged muscles, tendons or ligaments or repetitive strain injuries such as tennis elbow or runners knee or damage to your back.
The extent of the damage can vary from short-term mild discomfort to chronic pain limiting your ability to perform day-to-day activity for years to come. Sufferers of sports injuries can potentially need medical treatment ranging from mild physiotherapy to intensive surgery.
Can I make a personal injury claim if injured while playing sport?
As injuries are an accepted risk of amateur or professional sports it can be difficult to make a successful personal injury claim. Like other types of personal injury claims, you may only make a claim if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or wilful act of harm.
There are several situations where you will be legally able to bring a sporting injury claim
Personal injury caused by unreasonable behaviour in sport
If you suffered an injury due to unreasonably aggressive behaviour from another participant, assumed risk would not bar you from attempting to make a successful personal injury claim against the other participant.
Poorly maintained or inadequate facilities
Poorly maintained facilities, pitches or playing areas are a common cause of sports injuries. If an area was not suitable for the activity being carried out, the party responsible for maintaining the facility may be liable. For example, if a pitch was waterlogged and a player gets their foot stuck.
Injuries caused by equipment failure
Equipment failure due to faulty or poorly maintained equipment is also a common cause of sports injuries leading to successful personal injury claims. For example, if gym equipment is faulty causing a weight stand to break and weights to fall on and injure your foot.
Poor quality training
Coaches and management teams are expected to be able to provide adequate training for what they are coaching. For example, if a trainer provides improper training leading to injury, such as improper method for tackling leading to an injury
How much compensation can I claim for my personal injury?
As with all personal injuries, the level of compensation is dependent on damages received, including medical bills, loss of earnings, severity of injuries, and any short or long-term psychological or physical damage suffered.