With summer just around the corner, there will be ample opportunity for adults and children alike to partake in outdoor leisure activities. This includes many summer sports. However, with time spent outside playing sports, comes the risk of summer sports injuries.
According to the British Heart Foundation, some of the most common summer sports are football, tennis, cricket, rugby, golf, and cycling. As well as childhood favourite rounders. These sports all come with risk of accidents, but sometimes, these accidents are avoidable.
Most people participate with the knowledge of the risk involved and take adequate steps to prevent injury to themselves or other participants. There are instances, though, where an injury occurs that is not your fault; you may be able to make a sport injury claim.
You can make a summer sports injury claim if your injury occurs as a result of negligence on somebody else’s part. For example, if a tournament was poorly organised, equipment was not maintained, or proper safety training was not given.
Summer Sports Injuries
There are many different injuries that someone can have whilst playing a summer sport. This is due to the variety of sports that people can play in the summer. Some of the most common summer sports injuries include knee injuries, sprains, strains, fractures and breaks, and concussion.
Common causes of summer sports injuries include:
- Illegal tackles/foul play
- Improper coaching
- Faulty/poorly maintained equipment
- Dangerous behaviour from other players. For example, using hockey sticks illegally
- Playing sport on uneven flooring
- Being subject to dangerous conditions, such as poorly built horse jumps
Due to the nature of sports, and because a lot of the accidents involve children, sometimes accidents are unavoidable. However, if the accident happens because of negligence, or it could have been avoided, then you may be able to make a claim for summer sports injuries.
Claiming on Behalf of A Child
If a child has a summer sports injury due to an accident, then a parent or guardian may be able to make a claim on their behalf. Any compensation is put into a special fund or trust for the child to access when they turn 18. Or managed by trustees to cover the cost of caring for a child with a disability sustained as the result of injury.
Usually in personal injury cases, there is a three-year time limit from when the accident happened. However, this is not the case if a child has an accident. In that case, a parent or guardian can make a claim on their behalf until they turn 18, and after that, they have until they turn 21 to make a claim for themselves.
How we Can Help with Summer Sports Injuries
Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes summer sports injury claims. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.