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Sports Injury Claims

Sports Injury Claims at a Glance

  • We act for professional sportspeople, elite athletes and amateurs alike
  • We only work with the country’s top sports experts including sports psychiatrists, orthopaedic surgeons and rehabilitation specialists
  • Many sports injuries are unavoidable but some are caused, or aggravated by the negligence of someone else
  • If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you can claim compensation
  • Sports injury claims can be made for injuries caused by other participants, for defective equipment or poor ground conditions. You can also claim compensation for negligent medical treatment after sustaining an injury
  • Speak to our team of legal experts today, on 01904 556600 to find out more about making a no win no fee claim
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Sports injury compensation

Sport is powerful tool. It unites communities, contributes to our physical and mental wellbeing; builds friendships and self-esteem, encourages and motivates and for many, provides a welcome escape from the day-to-day.

But these benefits don’t come without risk. Between 2019-2020, there was almost 17,000 A&E visits for sports injuries in England alone – and whilst we accept the risk of injury sport can bring in return for the benefits, sometimes those injuries should never have happened.  Physically aggressive opponents in non-contact sports, pot holes in football pitches and defective bike components are all ways in which you could be injured. Similarly, an accidental injury like a torn ACL, can be treated negligently and result in a prolonged recovery.

Medical negligence in sport

Injuries in sport are to be expected, and the need for medical treatment is not uncommon. Just like in sport, medical treatments come with their own risk – risk you should always have been made aware of. Sadly, many bad outcomes are ones that could have been avoided.

If you have suffered a significant injury because of an avoidable medical mistake, we can help you to claim compensation.

Understanding how to make a medical negligence claim can be complicated; fortunately it is something most people will never have to do. Our team of specialists have gained many years of experience from helping people just like you. We will guide you through the process and help you to get their life back on track as quickly as possible.

Personal injury claims in sport

We all accept that participating in sport comes with a certain level of risk. Some sports are more dangerous than others, but not all injuries are ‘part of the game’. From dangerous venues, to violent opponents, or defective equipment, these can all be causes of injuries outside of what you would reasonably expect – if this sounds like you, you might be able to claim compensation.

Read our Personal Injury Claim Guide to find out more about making an injury claim.

We can help you claim compensation

Pryers have extensive experience in personal injury and medical negligence claims. Whether you have been injured through negligence from a sporting activity, or received negligent treatment following an injury, we can help you claim compensation.

Contact us by email or call us on 01904 556600 so our team can advise you for free, on whether we can help you claim compensation on a no win no fee basis.

In England and Wales, negligence is when a person (or organisation), acts, or fails to act, in a way which would be expected of them. In sport, this could happen in several ways:

  • An opposition player being physically aggressive in a non-contact sport
  • A supplier providing defective or faulty equipment
  • An organisation failing to maintain a facility to a safe standard

We also have experience helping people to claim compensation for a sports injury which was associated with their sport. For instance, a person who was injured playing sport, and then receives negligent medical treatment. Click here to find out more about medical negligence.

To be able to claim compensation for negligence, you must have suffered a loss; this could be physical, financial or both. In some cases you can also claim compensation for the loss of an opportunity.

Pryers can help you to claim compensation after you have suffered an injury, but we can also help to recover any financial losses sustained as a result of the injury.

It can be hard to know what compensation you can claim. To make sure you get all of the compensation that you are entitled to, you should always speak with an expert. We have extensive experience representing clients in personal injury and medical negligence claims and will make sure you claim all of the compensation you deserve.

To find out if we can help you claim compensation for a sports injury claim, call us on 01904 556600 or contact us by email. Our team will advise you for free on whether we can help you claim compensation on a no win no fee basis.

No. If you have suffered a significant injury due to someone else’s negligence, you can claim compensation. This applies equally to amateurs, or professionals.

Only a small minority of athletes practice at a professional level – the majority are hobbyists and some semi-professionals, earning only a small amount, perhaps just enough to cover expenses. The law recognises all levels as equal, allowing everyone who has suffered an injury as a result of negligence, to make a claim for compensation.

Indeed there are some differences that can occur between amateurs and professionals; namely in the type of compensation you can claim. For instance, if a professional athletes injury prevents them from playing, they may have a claim for a significant ‘loss of earnings.’ An amateur with the same injury, would only be able to claim for ‘loss of enjoyment,’ to compensate for their time away from the sport. However, this athlete could also claim for loss of earnings if the injury prevented them from doing their day job.

Our team can advise you about what losses you can claim compensation for. Contact us by email, or call us on 01904 556600 for a free initial consultation.

A sports injury claim will usually be made against the person that caused the injury, however this is not always clear. In some circumstances an individual might have legal protection from a group, organisation or employer. We can help you to identify who your claim should be made against.

Sports injury claims are commonly made against:

  • Other athletes, or players
  • Medical professionals
  • Coaches or instructors
  • Schools (and teachers)
  • Equipment manufacturers or suppliers
  • Groundskeepers or landowners

The amount of compensation you can claim depends on the injury and losses you have sustained.

In England and Wales compensation you can claim should return you to the position you were in before the negligence occurred.

This means that the amount of compensation you can get in a sports injury claim will depend on the injury, and the impact it has had on your life.

In addition to claiming compensation for the pain and suffering, you may also be able to claim for:

  • Loss of earnings – if you are unable to work (whether you are a professional athlete, or not)
  • Care and assistance – if you need help from others to perform day-to-day tasks and activities
  • Medical costs – if you are out of pocket due to the treatment you have needed

Our team of experts will work closely with you to ensure that you secure the best possible settlement, including any financial losses that you have sustained.

Some of the most common sports injuries we see are:

  • ACL/MCL damage
  • Infection
  • Complex fractures to joints (ankle, shoulder, elbow, knee, hip)
  • Broken bones
  • Tendon repair
  • Prosthetic joint failure

We can help you claim compensation where injuries like these have been caused as a result of negligence during sport, or where sub-standard medical treatment has resulted in prolonged recovery.

Many events, activities and organisations ask you to sign a waiver before you agree to take part in the activity. The waiver might try to prevent you from claiming compensation if you are injured.

These types of contracts are perfectly legal, but they cannot restrict you from making a personal injury claim, if the injury is as a result of negligence. If you are not sure how a waiver you signed will affect you, then please contact us by email, or call us on 01904 556600, so our team can discuss your circumstances and will advise on whether we can help you make a no win no fee claim.

Our sports solicitors are here to help you

If you’d like to claim compensation for an injury you sustained because of sport, contact us to find out if we can help you claim compensation on a no win no fee basis. Call us on 01904 556600 or contact us by email.

Sports Injuries Success Stories

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22-year-old Mercedes White, a footballer approached Pryers due to problems following anterior cruciate ligament surgery under the care of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Mercedes was delighted when she signed for Leicester City Women’s Football Club. However, disaster struck when she suffered a knee injury during a match. After two months of being out injured, she […]

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£22,000 Settlement

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Key People

A photograph of Richard Starkie, a Partner, Richard Starkie, Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Pryers Solicitors.

Richard Starkie


Richard Starkie qualified as a solicitor in 2001. He became a partner at Pryers in 2013, where he leads a team of solicitors and other lawyers [...]Read more
Tamlin Bolton

Tamlin Bolton

Senior Solicitor

Since qualifying as a Solicitor, Tamlin Bolton has worked in both Clinical Negligence and on specialist high profile Product Liability [...]Read more
Angus Buchanan

Angus Buchanan


Angus Buchanan joined Pryers Solicitors in July 2019 after relocating to York from the West Midlands. Angus obtained his law degree [...]Read more