Are you an athlete that has met an injury that’s not your own fault? Have you been injured while playing sports whether as an amateur or professional? Perhaps you may want to look into filing a sports injury compensation.
When Can You File a Claim For a Sports Injury?
There are three basic things to remember when you want to file for a sports injury claim. First, there should be an injury and that injury has had led to a negative impact in your life such as you’ve lost your job, spend so many months in a health care facility, or trapped to a lifetime of medications and therapies, for instance.
Second, the injury happened within the last three years, which is the prescription period for the claim. There are times when the court accepts or honors a claim beyond three years, but it all depends on the circumstances, and you should be prepared to prove that the late realisation is still valid.
Third, and perhaps the most important of all three, you can prove that the injury is not your fault, that someone has been negligent or has deliberately tried to harm you as an athlete.
A sports injury claim can include the following:
- Injuries caused by poor-quality sports equipment and venue maintenance
- Injuries from illegal or inadequately tested supplements that may have been provided to the athlete without his knowledge
- Sports injury treatment that has gone wrong (e.g., an ankle surgery that caused the temporary or permanent health problem to the athlete)
What Happens When You File a Claim?
Just because you work with an accident solicitor doesn’t have to mean that the matter is immediately brought to court. In fact, more cases are settled outside of it.
This is because the moment that you’ve filed for a claim, the solicitor then sends out a notice in a form of a letter to the defendant or the other party, with all the necessary details of the claim. The defendant is then provided by law usually up to 3 months to create their defence or investigate on the matter. If they accept the fact that they are actually liable, then usually it’s settled before the claim gets to court, but not always of course. If they do not accept liability though, then you can escalate your case it and let the judge decide.
How Much Should You Get?
The law doesn’t mention any specific amount simply because every claims case will be different. It may all just depend on how much compensation you’re willing to get from the claim. A solicitor can help you determine the amount. Some of the factors that have to be considered include:
- Cost of the solicitor’s services
- Cost of treatment before, during, and after the injury
- Loss of income, whether permanent or temporary
- Insurance coverage (if you’re covered by insurance)
- Compensation for your pain and suffering
Most solicitor firms nowadays provide a no win, no fee agreement. You pay therefore only when the claim is successful. Otherwise, the only thing that you have to spend on is the success fee. To have a better idea on how much you’d likely spend on the services, make sure that you’ve read the fine print of the agreement since all the costs should be outlined there.