Personal Injury Claims


Sports Injury Claims

In cases where your sporting injury is a result of someone else’s negligence, you might be able to claim compensation. Our expert solicitors specialise in getting compensation for clients who have suffered from sports-related injuries. We have considerable experience of investigating and making claims of this kind, even when it is not clear who is responsible for your injuries.


We have many years of experience, the team of personal injury solicitors at Smith Jones have helped people claim compensation after they’ve been injured in a variety of sports, including:


  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Horse riding
  • Motorsport


As well as claiming for any financial losses including travel costs and time off work, you could access support services such as rehabilitation and physiotherapy. We represent the majority of our clients under a No Win, No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

If we accept your sports injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis, you will not have to pay any legal fees, even if your claim is unsuccessful.¹³ Our team also provide a free consultation where we can find out more about your sports accident.


Call us on 0800 195 95 90 to start your claim. You’ll speak to one of our friendly team members, who will talk to you about your injury and advise you on any potential claim outcome. Our consultation is free and without obligation, and if you wish to proceed with a claim, we will advise you on the best way to move forward.

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FAQ About Sports Injury Claims


Sports injuries can happen in a variety of ways, and sometimes they’re no one’s fault. However, this isn’t always the case. We could help you make a claim if your sports injury was caused by:


  • A reckless or late tackle
  • A crash on the track
  • A deliberate assault (by another athlete, player or spectator)
  • Faulty equipment
  • Dangerous ground conditions
  • Bad advice by a trainer/coach
  • Inadequate training (g. on how to safely use equipment)
  • A poorly maintained venue/stadium


If your injury is the result of someone else’s negligent or dangerous behaviour, we could help you make a compensation claim and access the rehabilitation you need to move forward with your life. No matter how your injury happened, we’ll always work hard to gather all the evidence needed to support your claim. To do this, we might interview spectators and other players, look at video footage, and collect medical reports to show the impact of your injury.

If you’re interested in making a sports injury claim, we encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible so we can start looking into your case.


Compensation can be claimed for travel expenses, loss of earnings and any medical treatment you may need. All injury claims are different, and so there is no set amount of compensation that we can promise you. The amount of compensation you will be awarded will depend on your circumstances, the severity of your injuries and your chances of making a full recovery.


If you decide to make a claim, we’ll help you work out who’s responsible for your injuries. We will then contact them to see if they admit the blame.

We can also help with claims where you are partially to blame for your injuries, but someone else also played a part in the incident. Where this is the case, you’ll receive a reduced proportion of the compensation which reflects your role in the accident.


We could help you make a sports injury claim against:


  • Another athlete/player
  • The organiser of a sporting event
  • The owner of a sports ground/facility
  • Match officials
  • Medical staff (if they failed to detect an injury)
  • Spectators
  • Teachers (if a child is injured during PE at school)


Sports injuries can occur almost anywhere and no matter where the premises or location, our solicitors can help. Our specialist team has many years of experience helping people who have suffered sports injuries and have previously represented clients who have been injured:

  • At school, college or university
  • On private property
  • On council/public facilities

If your injury occurred because the facilities were not properly maintained, we could help you make a claim.

When you call us to enquire about a sports injury claim, we will also discuss our No Win, No Fee agreements. Our team will discuss your accident and the injuries you have sustained and will advise you if a No Win No Fee agreement is the best option for your circumstances. We will then discuss whether you have a good chance of making a successful sports injury claim.


Contacting those responsible for your injuries

You don’t have to worry about contacting those responsible for your injuries. We will do this for you and confirm with them if they accept the liability. If they do, we will try to secure an early payment, which can help ease financial strain while your claim is processing. These payments, known as interim payments, are not guaranteed to be possible and will be taken out of your final compensation award if they are.


Gathering evidence

Our experts will then start to gather the evidence required to take your claim forward. Evidence can come from various sources including witnesses, CCTV or mobile phone footage and independent medical professionals.

We will instruct expert medical professionals to assess the impact of your injuries. They will then recommend the care you’ll need in the future in order to make the best possible recovery.


Final settlement and compensation awarded

Many claims can be settled out of court, and most of our cases are. We will try to achieve this for you, however, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we will initiate court proceedings.


Even after court dates have been scheduled many claims are still settled before reaching court. If we cannot settle out of court, we will be on hand to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so that you feel as informed and as comfortable as possible.