Australia is a nation of sports enthusiasts. We love being outside, be it bushwalking, swimming, playing team sports or trying adventure activities. However, if things go wrong when you are participating in a sport, sadly the effects can be catastrophic.
If you have been injured whilst playing or participating in a sport, you might be entitled to compensation. In order to be successful, you generally have to prove that the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. However, if the sport was a ‘dangerous recreational activity’ there are stricter thresholds to meet to successfully claim compensation.
In most cases, a claim is brought against the insurer of the negligent party, such as the sporting club, personal trainer, instructor or facilities provider.
Examples of sporting injury claims include:
- Golfing injuries caused by golf balls and golf carts
- Injuries caused by diving into shallow water
- Rock fishing accidents
- Contact sport injuries
- Injuries caused by unsuitable exercises prescribed by personal trainers
- Defective sports equipment accidents
- Skiing and snowboarding accidents
- Surfing accidents
- Slips and falls around swimming pools
- Jet boat, jet ski and watersports accidents
At Stacks Goudkamp, our lawyers are experienced in bringing claims arising from sporting injuries. You can read some of our previous cases on our case studies page.
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Sporting injuries case studies:
Christopher suffered burns in a boating accident on Pittwater when he fell into an uncovered hole as he walked through the captain’s cabin. A claim was made against the boat owner for having failed to warn that the hole was uncovered or failing to ensure that the cabin area was safe. There were differing versions of how the accident occurred and there was some significant resistance put up by the owner, who was uninsured, to pay anything. Finally a settlement which was satisfactory to all parties was negotiated.