Playing sports can be naturally hard on the body. Most sports will involve pushing your muscles to the limit, and some team sports will require a certain amount of rough and tumble with the other players. Athletes push themselves constantly and make physical demands on their bodies.
However, sometimes sports injuries can be the result of negligence on the part of organizers, trainers or other players. In these situations, the athlete is eligible to make a sports injury claim for compensation. For example, if you have hurt yourself because of a malfunction in poorly maintained gym equipment, fallen on a wet floor on a basketball court, been the victim of violent conduct from another player, or any other situation where your injury was someone else’s fault, you can make a claim.
Making a sports injury claim can be daunting, especially for those who have no experience in legal matters. Here are some helpful tips that will make the process easier:
- Seek medical help as soon as possible. Not only will this be good for your help and the healing of your injury, but having doctors records of your injury will help you prove your case later when filing your claim. Ask your doctor’s office or the hospital for a full receipt from all treatments.
- It will be much easier to make a claim later if you collect all of your information and evidence as soon as possible after the incident. After time, memories fade and your witnesses will not remember as many details. Ask everyone who witnessed the accident to write down a statement and take photographs of where it occurred. If the accident was caused by a particular piece of equipment which was faulty, take photographs of it.
- Get a good lawyer. Making a claim can be confusing, and it makes things so much easier when you have an expert working with you who can translate the world of legal jargon. If you can’t afford a lawyer, there are options available as some lawyers will work on a no-win no-fee basis meaning that if you win, you will receive your entire settlement and your lawyer will take their pay from the other party’s insurance company.
- Get started as soon as possible. Filing a claim takes time, so the sooner you are able to get the process in motion the better. Leaving it for several months will only make finding evidence and witnesses more difficult.
- Take care of yourself. Recovering from an injury can be really exhausting, and can make going through a complicated legal process even harder. Make sure that you keep yourself well rested, eat well, and give yourself the care that you need.
Injuring yourself is not an enjoyable experience, but if you can make the process of making a claim easier you can be on your way to receiving compensation and eventually recovering.
Jim Dean is a keen blogger who works for companies such as Access Legal the personal injury solicitors.