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There will always be injuries in athletics as athletes push themselves to reach new goals. Most of these athletics injuries will be no fault however where an injury has been contributed to or caused by negligence, the injured athlete can make a personal injury compensation claim against the person who was to blame. Negligence within athletics may be defined as failure to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others to whom a duty of care is owed. This means that coaches, referees, other athletes and sports facility administrators must all take reasonable care to ensure that no athlete (or spectator) is injured whilst on their premises or acting under their direction. If an athlete is injured as a direct result of negligence by another person then athletics injury solicitors can make a compensation claim against the negligent third party.

Damages Awards

An athletics injury compensation claim consists of a number of items including the pain and suffering of the injury itself which is assessed by a judge based on the extent of the injury, the recovery period and the existence of any long term disabilities, by comparing the injury with other similar injuries in previously decided cases. The judge must also follow guidelines for the assessment of the damages award which can be tempered with the judges own experience as a practicing lawyer. In addition athletics injury solicitors can make a claim for all reasonably incurred financial losses, including salary and for other esoteric items such as loss of lifestyle, loss of congenial employment and disadvantage on the job market.

Time limits

There are time limits for all personal injury compensation claims and time starts running once the injury is discovered which is usually at the time of the accident. In the UK an athletics compensation claim must be financially settled or a summons must have been issued in a court of law within three years of the incident which caused the injury. There are exceptions to the time limit for the mentally disabled and for those under the age of 18 years at the time of the accident. The court also has discretion to extend the time limits however this cannot be relied on as it is very rarely exercised by the court. Limitation is a complex legal topic and you should therefore seek legal advice from athletics injury solicitors as soon as possible after the event.

Athletics Injury Solicitors

If you would like free advice on compensation from athletics injury solicitors without further obligation, just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. We operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. You do not have to fund or finance your compensation claim which is completely risk free.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here