Sports Injury Claim *
There is always a risk that a person may sustain an injury * when playing a sport. However, all sectors of the sporting field (players, management, owners) have a duty to show a level of care for each other. This means if a sports injury * occurs due to the recklessness of an opposition player, inadequate equipment supplied or poor sporting facilities provided, the negligent party then becomes responsible for the injury and a legal remedy may be sought after.
Most amateur sports players are not covered by insurance for the club they’re representing, this is when it becomes difficult to pay for any expenses incurred there may be no other option but to take legal action. It is worth noting that there is a limited timeframe that a person can bring forward a sports injury claim *. If you have any queries or questions our team of legal practitioners are on hand to give assistance. Tracey Solicitors can provide you with expert legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand.
- Head injury *
- Neck injury *
- Spinal injury *
- Shoulder injury *
- Fractured foot *
- Fractures : Clavicle fractures , Cheekbone fractures
- Damage to teeth
- Ankle Injury
- Upper limb injury *
- Lower limb injury *
Whether its golf, soccer or rugby that you play the cause of a lot of sport injury claims can more times than not be pinned down to the same re-occurring circumstances. Such circumstances include:
A tackle that was carried out in an aggressive or inappropriate manner can cause the other player serious pain.
Poor level of coaching
Fortunately and in most sports, it is nowadays a requirement for every coach to have a certain level of coaching before managing a team. However, if a coach poorly informs his/her players on the rules of the game it can cause injury to the opposition players.
The most common cause of sports injury is due to the poorly maintained facilities and stadiums. If the ground is waterlogged a player can get their foot stuck in the mud, causing injury when a tackle is imminent as their foot is stuck.
Making a Claim
Report the Accident
Once you have received medical treatment and are in a stable condition it is critical that you report the accident to the correct authorities, whether it be the chairperson of the facility or owner of the property. The report should consist of a full description of how the accident occurred. This will help your case in the claims process.
Speak to a Solicitor
It is recommended that you seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor * to understand the legal position that you’re in. During the consultation, you will need to provide all relevant details relating to the sports injury so you can be accurately advised prior to the Injuries Board submission form.
Obtain Medical Records
It will be necessary to request your medical records from the medical practitioner who treated you after the sports injury. Once the records are reviewed it will determine if the injuries were caused by the fall and if any medical treatment will be required in the future.
Personal Injuries Assessment Board Application
When all the relevant documentation has been gathered, your solicitor will help you to complete and submit your claim to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board. Once the Injuries Board receive this they will acknowledge receipt and notify the negligent party responsible that you have submitted a claim against them.
Assessment of Claim
Once the application has been received the Injuries Board will than begin their assessment of the sports injury claim *. Their assessment is carried out in line with information in the Book of Quantum (LINK) and previous similar cases. The severity of your injuries will be assessed and the impact they will have on your quality of life. Once complete, the Injuries Board will make a decision and revert to you.
Injuries Board Offer
If an offer from the Injuries Board is made it is advisable to carefully consider your next step. Although your solicitor will advise you on the amount offered, it is ultimately your decision on what you are going to do. The negligent party must also agree to pay this amount. If either party does not accept this amount, then the claim will have to be brought to court to come to an agreement between both parties.
If you do decide that you want to bring a claim to the Injuries Board you may be entitled to a legal remedy along with any additional expenses known as damages;
- General Damages: Non-financial damages for pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional damage because of the injury.
- Special Damages: Out of pocket expenses incurred due to any injuries. This may include loss of earnings, medical bills and any added travel costs resulting from the effects of the injury, such as travel to and from the hospital. In the case of a sports injury claim rehabilitation is a big part of the healing process.
The general timeframe to make a personal injury claim * is two years from the date of knowledge. This can sometimes vary depending on the severity and form of injury suffered. Children under 18 are an exception to this rule. A child cannot submit a claim until their 18th birthday, from which they have two years to make a claim. However, a parent/guardian can submit a claim on behalf of the child. Contacting a legal practitioner will help you determine how long you have left to submit your claim to the Injuries Board.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
At Tracey Solicitors, our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors * have years of experience in helping people who suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party. We understand the injuries (physically and emotionally) that you have suffered and have supported many people in similar situations proceed with personal injury claims * in Ireland over the past 30 years.
If you would like to discuss this topic in more detail, feel free to call 01 649 9900 for a confidential discussion and tell us about your case or reach out via email to email@example.com and ask any questions or queries you may have.