Football injuries are relatively common and can occur at both amateur and professional level. Most of the time these injuries are nobody’s fault and will not result in a personal injury claim.
However, in some cases, injuries can be caused by reckless, dangerous behaviour or as a result of negligence. If you’ve been injured while playing football and someone else was at fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Types of football injury claims
There are a number of causes of injury that might result in a football injury compensation claim, including:
- Dangerous tackles
- Violence from other players
- Negligent refereeing
- Glass or chemicals on the pitch causing cuts or burns
- Inadequate warm-up or match preparation
- A badly maintained pitch resulting in a player slipping or tripping
Common football injuries
The scenarios above might result in a range of different injuries. Most football injuries are relatively minor like bruising, sprains and muscle strains. However, sometimes, players can sustain more serious injuries such as:
- Broken legs or arms
- Head injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Facial injuries such as a broken nose or eye injury
Making a football injury claim
If you have suffered an injury and someone else was at fault, legally, you can make a claim for compensation. For information on how to go about making a claim, you should seek advice from an experienced personal injury solicitor. You have three years from the date of your injury in which to make a claim.
If you decide to pursue a football injury compensation, it is useful to gather evidence to help strengthen your claim. This might include:
- Witness evidence
Witness statements are particularly helpful in cases where an injury has occurred following a dangerous or illegal tackle. Take a note of the fellow players, spectators or match official who witnessed the incident. If available, try to get hold of any video footage of the game.
- Photographs of your injuries
- Photographs of poorly maintained facilities or pitch, if these caused your injury
Calculating the value of your football injury claim
When calculating how much compensation you may be entitled to, your solicitor will take a number of things into consideration. Not only will they take into account the severity of your injury, but they will also look at the extent it has affected other aspects of your life.
Serious football injuries can have a major effect on an individual’s life. If a professional football player sustains a head injury or a serious dislocation, this might end a successful playing career. When their future loss of earnings is taken into account, this is likely to significantly bolster the value of their personal injury claim.
Not everyone who makes a football injury claim plays professionally, however. If you are injured while playing recreationally, this could still have a considerable impact on you and your family. You may find that you need to take time off work to recover from your injury, which could result in loss of earnings. Even if your injuries do not prevent you from returning to your job, you may need to take time off to attend medical appointments or physiotherapy sessions.
You might also find other day-to-day activities challenging. These could include driving, walking, washing and dressing or carrying out household tasks. The extent to which your ability to carry out these tasks has been affected will also be considered by your solicitor.
As well as claiming for your injury and any earnings you have lost, you may be able to recover the cost of any expenses you have incurred as a result of your football injury. These might include travel expenses to and from medical appointments or prescription or physiotherapy costs. You should keep hold of the receipts for these as evidence for your solicitor.
Claim football injury compensation today with Jefferies
The personal injury solicitors at Jefferies have over 25 years of experience helping players pursue compensation following a football injury. Our experts usually work on a no win, no fee basis, so there is no financial risk involved in making a claim.
Whether you’re a professional or amateur player, we can help you make a football injury compensation claim. Call our friendly team on 0800 342 3206 or contact us online to request a call-back at a convenient time for you.