Sports Injury Claims

Sports Injury Claims

Many people who take part in sport regularly see injuries as inevitable, with most sports-related injuries being relatively easy to treat and recover from. However, more serious injuries, such as broken bone, torn muscle or brain damage, can have a serious impact on your ability to keep enjoying the sport you love, as well as other areas of your life.

If you have suffered a sports-related injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or deliberate action, claiming compensation can be essential. A financial settlement is often the only way to get the help and support you need for your recovery and to help minimise any long-term negative impact on your life.

Sports injury claims can be very complicated, especially when it comes to proving that negligence or deliberate action caused your injury. To have the best chance of a successful claim, you need to work with a legal team who have specific experience and strong track record of success in pursuing compensation.

IBB Claims personal injury lawyers can help both professional and amateur sportspeople to claim compensation for sports-related injuries. We take an empathetic and highly pragmatic approach to these matters, helping you to get the best available settlement as quickly as possible while making the claims process as simple and stress-free for you as we can.

We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law in recognition of our expertise in this area. Our lawyers have also been recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession, for our expert handling of personal injury claims.

We offer a free initial consultation for all serious injury claims so we can get a clear understanding of your situation and give an honest assessment of whether we think your sports injury claim is worth pursuing.

Where we believe your claim justifies further investigation, we are usually able to offer a no-win no-fee agreement. This means there is normally no upfront cost to start a sports injury compensation claim with IBB.  

To start a sports injury compensation claim, call us today on 0333 123 9099, email or use the contact form on the right to request a callback.


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Our expertise in sports accident claims

Our serious injury lawyers can help professional and amateur sportspeople all over England and Wales to claim compensation for sports-related injuries.

We are able to secure substantial compensation for our clients in relation to issues such as:

  • Rugby injuries
  • Football injuries
  • Boxing injuries
  • Motor sport injuries
  • Horse riding injuries
  • Golf injuries
  • Go-karting
  • Triathlon
  • Gym accidents
  • Skiing accidents & snowboarding injuries
  • Sports-related violence, both on and off the pitch

To find out more about our specific expertise relevant to your situation, please get in touch.

How we handle sports injury compensation claims

We realise that most people don’t like the thought of going to court, being intimidated by the potential stress and uncertainty involved. However, for most sports injury claims, court action is not necessary as a settlement can be agreed out of court in the overwhelming majority of cases.

Our sports injury lawyers are experts in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, meaning we can almost always secure a voluntary settlement with the responsible player, club or team. This not only allows you to avoid a court hearing, it also usually lets you get compensation faster and with lower legal fees.

However, our lawyers are also highly experienced in pursuing injury claims through the courts, meaning that no matter how your case progresses, we can offer you the best possible representation.

We also have strong links with specialist barristers and other useful professionals, meaning we can always call on the necessary expertise to help secure the best available outcome for you.

Our no win no fee sports-related injury claims service

Sports injury claims can be very high value, but that also means the legal fees involved can be significant as well. This can put some people off, but with a no win, no fee sports injury claims, there is no financial risk to you.

This is because you will only contribute to your legal costs if your claim succeeds, with those costs being based on a percentage of part of the settlement won. Even then, in many cases some or all of the costs can be recovered from the other side.

Also known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’, this type of funding deal means you do not need to pay anything up front to start a claim, meaning your financial situation should be no barrier to your ability to pursue a sports injury claim.

You may also be able to fund your claim using legal expenses insurance, which is often included as an optional extra with sports injury insurance.

Our team will give a breakdown of our fees and other expenses at the outset, giving you complete transparency over the likely cost of a sports injury claim.

To find out more about starting a no win, no fee sports injury claim, please speak to a member of our team now.

When can you claim compensation for a sports injury?

While injuries in sport are relatively common, most are unlikely to be eligible for compensation. To have a chance of claiming compensation for a sport-related injury, you will need to be able to show that the injury was caused by negligence or deliberate action on the part of someone else.

For example, if you are injured as the result of a properly carried out tackle in a rugby game, you would be unlikely to be able to claim compensation. However, if the tackle was carried out improperly, in a way that the other player should have realised was dangerous, you may have grounds for a claim.

Likewise, if you are injured as a result of poor coaching that fell below the standard you would expect from a trained coach, they may be considered guilty of negligence. This could also apply to other issues, such as poor maintenance of a sports pitch or sports equipment that led to an injury.

Knowing whether a sports injury is likely to be eligible for a claim and providing that this is the case can be highly complicated. We therefore recommend contacting our team, who have specialist experience in personal injury claims, as soon as possible.

How much compensation can you claim for a sports injury?

Various factors will affect the level of compensation you can achieve for a sport-related injury, including:

  • How serious the injury is
  • What impact the injury has had on your life
  • Any costs you have incurred due to the injury e.g. paying for private medical treatment and physiotherapy, lose income etc.
  • What level of liability the defendant admits or is found to have in court

You can typically claim two types of damages for a sports injury:

Financial Losses and Expenses – For specific financial losses.  This includes things such as paying for private treatment and care, as well as lost income due to having to take time off work and not able to return to work, or not able to command the same level of income enjoyed before the accident.

General Compensation – For non-financial losses, such as pain, suffering and lifestyle changes.  

Our sports injury lawyers will be able to provide an estimate of your claim’s likely value, giving you a clear idea of how much compensation you may be able to achieve and allowing you to make an informed decision about how to move forward.

Is there a time limit to claim compensation for a sports injury?

As with other personal injuries, you will usually have 3 years from the time the injury occurs to bring a compensation claim. However, if you only later realise negligence was a factor in the injury, the time limit may be counted from when you discovered this instead.

If the claimant was under 18 when the injury occurred, their parents or guardians will have until their 18th birthday to make a claim for them. If this is not done, the claimant can then bring their own claim once they turn 18, with a final deadline of their 21st birthday.

If a loved one has died due to a fatal sports injury, the representatives of their estate will normally have 3 years from the date of death to make a claim.

If a loved one has been left without the mental capacity to make a claim due to a sports injury, there is normally no time limit for their next of kin to make a claim for them.

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