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Sports injuries are more common and more varied than most people think. Athletes can be injured in many team sports especially those involving physical contact such as football and hockey however the worst injuries often involving spinal cord damage occur in the game of rugby. Both rugby league and rugby union produce horrendous injuries often due to poor refereeing. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries it may well be to your advantage to speak to a hockey injury solicitor in oder to preserve you right to receive compensation.


Liability aspects relating to sports injury caused whilst playing rugby can be complicated and whist it may be that the owner or occupier of the sports facility is liable for a rugby injury, it is also possible if someone is injured in a game of rugby for team-mates or the opposing team players to be responsible in negligence. Furthermore referees in sport have been known to make bad decisions, leading to serious injury on the part of a player. This is especially true in the game of rugby where serious spine injury resulting in paraplegia and quadriplegia have frequently been the result of a collapsed scum which was not properly controlled by the referee. Given the risks involved it is usual for all those involved in playing rugby to be insured including the team, the league, the owner or occupier of the sports facility and the game players who are rarely sued individually. One exception to this general relates to deliberate injurious 'professional' fouls and incidents of unprovoked violent assault, in which both the facility and the perpetrator may be sued for damages in a court of law. It is also possible for a rugby injury solicitor to make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority or alternatively to claim compensation through an award made by a judge in a criminal trial for assault.

Spectator Injuries

It's not only the rugby players that can be injured during the course of the game. Spectators can be injured whilst attending a rugby match. Poor crowd control is one of the most dangerous situations a sports facility has to deal with. There must be an adequate number of security guards for crowd control, an adequate number of exits and entrances and protection against crowds being crushed. There can be a deliberate or negligent action or problems with crowd control that can cause serious injuries. In such cases, the sports facility will be liable for the accident and a rugby injury solicitor can make a personal injury claim against them on behalf of the spectator.


The injured party is entitled to compensation for their injuries. A claim for compensation made by a rugby injury solicitor will include damages for pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of current income, loss of future income due to the injury, loss of lifestyle, disadvantage on the labour market, loss of congenial employment, the cost of care and special equipment plus all other out of pocket expenses. Pain and suffering for a rugby injury is valued on the extent of the injury, the recovery period and long term disabilities.

Time Limits

In the UK a claim for compensation for personal injury must be settled, or proceedings must have been issued in a court of law within three years of the incident failing which the opportunity to claim damages may have been lost forever. There are exceptions for minors and the mentally disabled.

Rugby Injury Solicitors

Our rugby injury solicitors work on a risk free no win no fee* basis. You do not have to fund the claim. 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. For free advice, without further obligation, just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices.



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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