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Sports Injury Claims

Whatever sport you play, there’s always the risk of suffering an injury. Indeed the rules of some sports allow for a certain amount of physical contact (e.g. rugby) and many people who play these types of sports may actually expect to suffer injuries from time-to-time.

Although many sports carry a risk of injury, some carry a much greater risk of serious injuries such as horse riding, skiing, climbing and motor sports, to name a few of the sports that are more dangerous than others.

Many injuries that happen during sporting activities can be as a result of lack of physical fitness or are genuine accidents, which cannot usually warrant a sports injury compensation claim. If, however, you have come to harm as a result of faulty sports equipment, dangerous premises or facilities, or the deliberate action of another player acting outside the rules of the sport, you may be eligible for compensation.


As every injury is personal, the amount of compensation you might be able to claim will be personal to you. However, to get an estimation on the amount of compensation you could be entitled to, you might find it helpful to try our Compensation Calculator.

What are the most common sports injuries?

There are a few injuries which are more common than others, which include:

  • Wrist injuries, including fractures, sprains and other injuries
  • Dislocations – shoulder dislocations are the most common injury
  • Back injuries, including vertebral fractures and slipped discs
  • Knee injuries – ligament and tendon knee injuries tend to be the most common
  • Ankle injuries – like knee injuries, ligament and tendon injuries tend to be the most common
  • Head injuries, including concussion and brain injuries
  • Facial injuries, including loss of teeth
  • Cuts and bruises

What are the possible causes of negligent injuries whilst playing sport?
In some cases, there are instances where the fault clearly lines with someone else and not yourself. In these particular cases, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation, which can include situations such as:

  • Faulty equipment, including weights or machines at the gym
  • Poorly maintained hire equipment such as bikes or canoes
  • Unsafe surfaces on pitches or courts, which could cause trips and slips
  • Inadequate signage at a sports venue
  • Insufficient instruction from staff at the venue including instructors, referees or personal trainers
  • The umpire, referee or person in charge made no or little attempts to prevent an accident.

Players performing dangerous moves or conduct within a team game or around fellow players.


Firstly, it is always very important to seek immediate medical attention. A doctor will be able treat your injury and help you make a speedy recovery.
It is also important to report your injury either to a member of staff or the umpire or referee of the game so they can report your injury to the relevant organising body of the sport, if there is one.

The next step will be to establish whether or not you are eligible for to claim compensation. You can do this by seeking advice from one of our specialist injury lawyers. We offer a free initial interview to assess your situation and can advise you what your next steps should be based on your situation.

Our London based team of specialist personal injury solicitors can offer sound legal assistance on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis to get you the compensation you deserve.

Our Sports Injury Claim Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of Personal Injury Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving the best possible results. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.

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