Sporting Injuries – What are my entitlements?
The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games has given us many tales of triumph and determination. Unfortunately, we have also witnessed some horrendous injuries, including a French gymnast who severely broke his leg, and an Armenian weightlifter who suffered a dislocated elbow.
Many Australians, both children and adults alike, enjoy participating in sports and do so regularly. The reality is that sport can be dangerous and players can suffer injuries, sometimes very serious in nature. Sporting injuries can be devastating, and they often lead to significant costs including medical and rehabilitation expenses, and lost income.
If you choose to participate in a sport, it is important to realise that you could be hurt in a tackle or hit by a hard ball, and suffer an injury. The law says that in many cases, by agreeing to participate in a sport which involves an inherent risk of injury, the player has voluntarily accepted that risk. This makes it difficult to claim compensation when the risk of injury materialises.
However, what about if you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence?
Unfortunately, even if your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, since the enactment of the Civil Liability Act in 2002, the law in New South Wales has made it very difficult for people injured whilst playing sport to claim compensation for their injuries.
In many cases, injured people must rely solely on the insurance policies held by the organisations that operate the sport. The terms of these insurance policies will differ from organisation to organisation, but often they will cover some medical expenses and occasionally a small sum for lost income.
If you have been injured whilst playing sport, and you believe that someone else was to blame, you should contact Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800 to speak to one of our friendly solicitors for advice about your circumstances, or make an online enquiry.
Written by Brett Watts.
Brett Watts is an Associate in Tom Goudkamp and Ruth Hudson’s Practice Group. Brett represents people who have been injured in a variety of accidents including motor vehicle claims and public liability claims.