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Sport Injury Lawyers - Sporting Accident Compensation Claim Settlements

Lawyer Helpline 855-804-7145


The goal of the sport injury lawyer is to get the maximum possible financial settlement for a person injured at a sporting event, when the responsibility for injury rests with a negligent third party. The compensation claim should cover pain and suffering, the cost of healthcare, the expense of disability, loss of earnings and other reasonably incurred losses. There are specialist sports injury lawyers who understand the law relating to sports injuries, including the statute of limitations, the mechanisms of sports-related injuries and the various defendants that are possible in any given sporting injury incident. In a fatal sports injury, the family of the deceased may be able to file a claim for loss of support and for other expenses and financial losses arising from the death.

Sport Injury Lawyers - Compensation Awards

A sport injury lawyer will be able to help you decide if your situation qualifies for compensation. A claim for damages can sometimes be made if you are injured getting to a game or if you are injured as a spectator or during training or during game play. You may file a common law claim if another player or spectator treated you in such a way as to be malicious. In such cases, punitive damages may be awarded.

Spectators

Spectators can also be the victims of a sports injury. Spectators can be unexpectedly hit by balls, pucks, bats or other flying objects including motor vehicles during motor sports events or motor racing in general. There can be accidental stampedes, stamping and crushing injuries and dangerous brawls in the stands caused by poor crowd control which can endanger many spectators and result in serious injury or death.

Risk

Most sports carry a certain degree of inherent risk. Not all sporting injuries can sustain a claim. Some injuries are just not preventable and there is no negligence. You cannot usually make a claim if the injury happened in the natural course of the play. If, however, there is a defect on the tennis court or racquet-ball court, the failure of proper action of a referee, poor supervision, reckless actions on the part of other players or incorrect knowledge given by the trainer, the possibility of a claim exists. If equipment is defective, the maker or wholesaler or supplier of the equipment may become involved in the litigation.

Injuries

In a sports injury compensation case, the defendant (negligent party), who is usually represented and indemnified by an insurance company, has to pay their lawyer the whole time, whether or not they win the case. The plaintiff (injured party) however does not usually have to pay their lawyer unless the case is won. If the case is lost there are no legal charges to pay. In general the lawyer sues related sporting organizations, schools or other sporting venues rather than the player. The main sports involved in personal injury litigation are as follows :-

  • Ice hockey or "hockey" is notorious for players being injured either in fair play, gamesmanship or brawls. Professional fouls are rife and the game is a major area of litigation.
  • Lacrosse involves a degree of physical contact and use of a hard bat with plenty of opportunity for injury with players padding up for a game.
  • Canadian Football shares it origins with American Football both of which are serious contact sports with inevitable head, neck and spinal injury.
  • Basketball is fast-paced with many sudden turns. Knee injuries are common as are finger injuries. Hand and wrist injuries are less common. Brain injuries can come from falling, perhaps by being pushed and there are commonly chronic brain injuries with severe falls and brain damage.
  • Boxing has a high rate of injury, even if the players wear protective equipment. The most common types of injuries include head injuries, nose bleeds, broken nose, sprains of the hand and wrist and facial injuries. The brain injuries can be severe and can result in a form of dementia due to being knocked out too many times.
  • Cycling causes the second most head injuries in sport. Cycling related deaths occur usually as a result of a fall or motor vehicle collision. You can also be injured in the wrist or outstretched hand by trying to catch yourself with your fall. Abrasion and lacerations are common and severe injuries can lead to shoulder dislocation, pelvic fractures or internal damage to internal organs.
  • Soccer players can sprain their ankles and receive knee injuries. Fractures of the tibia and fibula are common. Brain injury dementia occurs when a soccer player receives many hard hits to the head.
  • Golf injuries happen by doing an abnormal swing, wrenching one's back and getting hit by the golf ball in a sensitive area. Golfers can injure their lumbar spines during the act of swinging at the ball. Shoulder and elbow injuries (golfer's elbow) commonly occur in people who don't warm up enough.
  • Tennis injuries are usually related to the shoulder, elbow and rotator cuff. Even ankle sprains are possible, including Achilles' tendonitis. Overall, however, tennis injuries are mild and self limited. It is rare that a tennis player must stop playing the sport due to chronic injury.
  • Gymnastics feature mainly due to inadequate instruction and supervision together with faulty equipment which may have obvious mechanical defects or may collapse structurally.

Negligence

A sport injury lawyer is especially trained in personal injury associated with sports. They understand the nuances of a compensation claim against a school, gym or other sporting venue. In the vast majority of cases, they choose a no win no fee scenario so their clients don't have to pay unless the case is won. Negligence must be proved in order for you to file a successful claim with the court system. This means that the accident would not have occurred if one or more individuals hadn't been careless. Accidents and injuries can also occur out of Canada. In these cases, a Canada-based lawyer helps a foreign lawyer, who will run the case until its conclusion.

Legal Helpline 855-804-7145