Sports Injury: Can I Claim and Get Compensation?
Although preventive measures for sports injury are better than any remedy, unfortunately, accidents occur even in the safest environments. Are you prepared to deal with the matter legally, in the case of such an event? Immediately seeking out the best legal professionals is only possible when you are well-informed on the legal aspects of the scenario and of your rights.
This article is a guideline for you on some important aspects of what there is to know about sports injury. It also touches on other factors that might or might not qualify you for sports injury claims, along with providing information on the kind of sports injuries you can and cannot claim for.
What is Sports Injury
A sports injury is when an athlete is injured during athletic activity or while exercising. There are two types of sports injuries, acute and chronic. An acute injury is a sudden injury like a bruise or a sprain, while the chronic ones occur when there is a repeated overuse of joints and the muscles.
Such injuries occur even when preventive measures are taken since just the nature of sports means there’s a risk of injury. However, immediate action should be taken in the face of an injury, which ensures that you have sports injury claims backed with evidence would be to get medical help ASAP and acquire a thorough medical report. Then the next plan of action would be to get in touch with an attorney, who will guide you further.
Types of Sports Injuries one can Claim
If the injury is severe and caused by the recklessness of untrained staff, negligent supervision, unsafe equipment, intentional damaging and other such factors, then you can file a claim against the party(s) responsible and receive compensation for the loss caused.
A few of the injuries that immediately qualify you to make sports injury claims may include:
A faulty court, pitch or any other sports facility
Mainly any damages inflicted to the athlete that could have been preventable, but that was overlooked by the sport governing body, authorities, opponents or even the sporting goods/equipment manufacturer, are all claimable.
A nosebleed may be caused by different factors – for example, a broken nose or internal bleeding due to a skull fracture. Depending on the circumstance and severity, this kind of injury is both claimable and non-claimable. If it’s caused by a blow to the head or nose, or caused by sporting equipment, depending on the situation of the injury, this could be a sports injury claim.
Ankle sprains or Concussions
An ankle injury may be when you twist your ankle followed by fracture, swelling, and strain etc. but the degree of severity may vary.
A concussion is an injury of the brain, followed by a temporary loss of normal brain function, caused by a blow to the head. As this can be of a serious nature, the Canadian government has taken considerable measures for it awareness, prevention, and management, which you might want to look up to support your sports injury claims.
Abrasions or Stress fractures
This includes all sorts of cuts, bruises or scratches that could be caused by a fall or by any sharp or barbed equipment.
Stress fracture, as the name suggests, is damage or fracture caused to the bones due to ample amount of stress on it. Weight lifting can often result in this kind of fracture.
Dental damages etc.
This includes any sort of damage to the teeth, but there are three main types of dental damages. Cracked teeth, fractured roots, and root intrusion.
If another party is responsible for these sorts of injury, which could have easily been avoided, then you may file a lawsuit.
Types of Sports Injuries for which a claim cannot be made
The kinds of injuries that cannot be claimed for are those that happen solely based on your personal negligence. Also, chronic injuries, for which you have been reckless and could have been prevented by being more cautious, will not be claimable.
Apart from those, minor and common injuries like pulling a muscle, dehydration, hamstring strains or developing aches in the early days of practice or when you have been out of practice, are all disqualified for Sports Injury Claim.
Any damages caused to the plaintiff such as medical bills and lost wages, can be compensated. Furthermore, loses of time and quality of life are also indemnifiable. In case you have questions related to sports injuries, or would like to set up a free consultation, Badre Law is here to help.