Football Injury Claims

Football Injury Compensation Claims

Football is a contact sport and players accept injuries as an inevitable part of the game. However some injuries are caused by assaults or avoidable accidents and in those cases a civil claim for football injury compensation can be brought against the offending player or his club.

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Making a football injury claim

For there to be civil liability the incident will usually be particularly dangerous or deliberate act. Much will depend on the particular circumstances of the case. A mistimed slide tackle in the wet may look similar to a deliberate high two-footed lunge where the player is nowhere near the ball. The former may only be a yellow card offence, the latter may result in a civil claim. It is the serious career-threatening injuries that tend to warrant civil action, where the injured party can claim the losses resulting from having to give up the sport.

Football injury claims are sometimes brought in the professional game, and in a notable case arising from a tackle in a reserve match a Manchester United youngster was so badly injured that he had to give up professional football. He was awarded over £4 million by the High Court in lost earnings as a footballer, the highest award of its type for a professional sportsman. It is not just Premier League footballers that can bring a claim though; the same legal principles apply whatever the level of the game, from professional to amateur, Sunday league and 5-a-side football.

Injuries can also be caused by the action or inaction of others. Those who own and control the football pitches and facilities that we all use to play and watch football owe us a duty of care. That duty is to ensure, so far as possible, that the premises are reasonably safe for the people using them. So they will be responsible for a pitch that has potholes, broken glass or other dangerous defects that they knew about or ought to have known about.

Where the injury is caused by a deliberate assault then there may be a claim for football injury compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, a government scheme that provides limited recompense for the victims of violent crime, but depending on the circumstances there may also be a claim against the player and/or his club.

Football injury claim client story

Mr L was playing for his regular indoor 5-a-side team at the sports hall of a local school. The school were aware – although Mr L was not – that there had been a problem with water leaking from the roof and dripping down onto the floor of the sports hall. So on the evening in question, there was a puddle of water on the playing surface and it had not been cleared up.

Shortly after the game started Mr L was running with the ball. There was no other player near him when he suddenly collapsed. One foot had slipped in the puddle but the other – because of the grip on the soles of his trainers – remained static and force was enough to fracture his tibia and fibula so badly they came through the skin of the lower leg. He needed surgery to plate the fractures and is still not back to playing football. Liability was eventually admitted by the insurers and Mr L is awaiting further medical investigations (MRI scans and x-rays) to determine whether the bones have united and whether he will suffer long-term problems with pain and mobility.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For a Football Injury?

The amount of compensation you can claim for a football injury can vary significantly based on several factors. These include the severity of your injury, the impact on your lifestyle, loss of earnings, future losses, medical expenses, and any other costs incurred as a result of the injury. Here are some example compensation ranges for a football injury:

  • Minor Injuries: For sprains, minor fractures, or soft tissue injuries where recovery is quick, compensation might range from a few hundred to several thousand pounds.
  • Moderate Injuries: Injuries that require extensive recovery time but do not result in permanent damage, such as serious ligament damage or broken bones, can claim higher amounts.
  • Severe Injuries: For serious injuries leading to chronic conditions, long-term disability, or significant lifestyle changes, the compensation can be substantial, potentially reaching tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds.

For a more accurate estimate tailored to your specific circumstances, speak to one of our personal injury solicitors. They can assess the details of your case and provide a more accurate figure of potential compensation.

What types of football injuries can I claim for?

We have helped clients claim compensation for a wide range of football injuries including:

How much does it cost to make a claim?

The majority of personal injury cases are handled on a no win, no fee basis. This means that you won’t have to pay any upfront legal fees to start your claim. Instead, your solicitor’s fees will be deducted from the compensation awarded if the case is successful.

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If you have been injured in a football-related incident contact us for advice on whether you can make a sports injury claim. Call 020 7485 8811 or fill in the contact form below.

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