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  • Overview

    Contact one of our specialist lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we can investigate your case with the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    When can you make a compensation claim for a sports injury?

    If you are injured playing sport, and the incident was clearly not part of the normal risks of the game, you might be entitled to make a compensation claim. Whatever kind of injury you have suffered it is a good idea to:

    • Seek advice while the events are clear in your mind and the minds of any witnesses
    • Collect evidence such as contact details of witnesses and photographs of the accident location.

    Examples of situations where a claim for compensation could arise from a sports injury are:

    • Dangerous or reckless contact by another player in a contact sport such as rugby, football or martial arts
    • Failure of a referee, umpire or other match official to properly control a game and minimise the risk of injury
    • Defective sports equipment
    • A defect in a sports ground, pitch or premises
    • Failure by an instructor to give clear instructions to minimise the risk of injury.

    Injuries sustained by spectators at sporting events

    If you are a spectator at a sporting event, whether amateur or professional, the owners of the premises should ensure that they comply with health and safety guidelines. If you are injured at a sporting event you may be entitled to compensation.

    What compensation can you claim?

    Additional to the compensation that can recovered at the conclusion of the personal injury claim, money can be requested during the course of the claim to fund rehabilitation as well as:

    • Compensation for physical or psychological damage or both
    • Compensation for the pain and suffering caused the sports injury and the things you needed as a result of your injury
    • You can also claim compensation for financial loss, for example, for loss of earnings
    • You can do this on a no win no fee basis so there is no risk attached.

    The amount of compensation you get depends on:

    • The seriousness of your injuries
    • The extent of financial loss
    • The support you will need in the future.

    How our personal injury solicitors can help with your sports injury claim

    • The breadth of experience in our personal injury team means it is likely that we have already recovered compensation with similar circumstances to yours. For example we have acted for people injured playing golf, rugby, football, hockey, swimming, using a gym, attending fitness classes and even contenders who have taken part in sports related TV such as Gladiators
    • You will have support and expert service from a personal injury solicitor who is experienced in the area of sports injuries
    • We will give you clear advice on whether you have a claim for compensation at the outset and support you through each step of the process
    • Our experience covers a wide variety of sports.

    Free initial consultation

    Contact our team of specialist personal injury lawyers for a free, no obligation, consultation and we will listen to the circumstances of your accident before giving you clear advice on the chance of you recovering compensation. If we think you have a claim we can investigate your case using the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.



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    This case demonstrates the expertise of our Personal Injury team and their approach to sports injury claims; to get to the issues on liability early on; being prepared for the arguments regarding consent to some risk of injury; and fighting legitimate claims to secure compensation for our clients.

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    Dr Peter Savundra, Consultant Audiovestibular Physician, provided insight on managing complications caused by damage to the audiovestibular systems after brain injury at our annual brain injury lecture on the 25th May 2017.

    Should I settle my medical negligence compensation claim directly with NHS Resolution?

    Often when patients are unhappy with the treatment they have received from an NHS hospital they will make a formal complaint to the Trust. Formal complaints are a useful way of getting essential information about the treatment a patient has received and may sometimes result in that Trust apologising to the aggrieved patient.

    Frequently asked questions about the Rehabilitation Code

    We answer frequently asked questions regarding the Rehabilitation Code including it's purpose along with what the code states and how to code will help someone with a brain injury.

    Is your NHS complaint response worth the paper it is written on?

    Jessica Hanrahan, a Paralegal in our Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury team shares her views on the news that the NHS Complaints Service has been found it to be most inadequate following a review by the Health Service Ombudsman. 

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Dominique was friendly, informative and excellent to deal with. I have recommended Thomson Snell & Passmore to others of every department. My experience with the company has been seamless.


Dominique showed great empathy and understanding at all times.


Tom was really helpful he explained very clearly and what would happen. Thank you.”


Thank you for providing an excellent service, which due to you was stress free for me!  I am more than happy with the amount and am now, more importantly, able to move on putting this behind me.


Sources say he is 'very sound on tactics'.

Chambers UK 2015

Jonathan Clement is ‘a great negotiator’.

The Legal 500 2014

The team helped to build my confidence by keeping me up to date on any progress while reminding me of appointments with regular calls and e-mails. I can highly recommend their services to anybody who is unfortunately in my situation. Thanks James Cahan and his team of experts.”


Throughout the process, your firm has treated me with unfailing tact and courtesy.  I have been conscious of, as well as the firm’s efficiency, a considerable sensitivity in the way a potentially painful legal issue was dealt with.


We are very grateful to you for your hard work, your sensitivity in dealing with some frequently painful material, and the consistent lucidity with which you have kept us informed of the different stages of the claim


First class service from the first meeting until the end. Thank-you.


I have absolute respect for them. They're an excellent firm – well established, and very pleasant people

Chambers UK 2014

The team provides a ‘consistently high level of service’.

The Legal 500 2013

As a family we have no experience of dealing with such issues, so James’ considered approach, advice and guidance were invaluable to us. Invariably highly professional but also approachable and with clear explanations, he has inspired total confidence throughout the past 17 months.


I felt that you were very sincere and compassionate when dealing with me when I was at my lowest. I would recommend James time and time again, to any future clients.

Evelyn Plum

I would like to take this opportunity of offering my most sincere thanks to you and your Team for handling my Personal Injury Claim. The outcome was very satisfactory and way beyond my expectations which I can only attribute to your expertise and knowledge in these matters. I will have no hesitation in recommending you and your practice partners.


Many thanks for all your support and hard work through a torrid 2 ½ years. We both appreciate it could have ended very differently without your dedication and attention to detail.”


You have been very good thank you. Always prompt to respond to queries and have explained everything thoroughly.”


I thank you so much for your excellent service and will recommend you strongly to anyone needing help.


I feel that TS&P and your team have been extremely good and I could not have wished for anything more.


The sensitivity and dedication has assisted and assured me greatly in my recovery…there has been an emotional benefit that you and the team have provided by all of your actions. Thank you and the team for winning this case and securing a victory which, to me, is more than just about financial compensation.


Thank you so much for the huge amount of effort and work put in by all concerned with this case. You were a very kind man and handled the case sympathetically and with integrity


Couldn’t have wished for a nicer person. What more can I say other than a BIG thank you.


Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant from the time I walked in the door.


I feel that TS&P do take time to understand me personally. I am not just a folder, I am a person


Dominique has been very supportive - and patient - throughout the process. I have often found it difficult, and because of stress and other circumstances in my life I have often taken a long time to face up to the situation and complete things that need to be done.


I would like to thank Jenny and her team for all their hard work and efforts during what has been a very traumatic 3 years.  Throughout this period, Jenny has been on hand with reassurance and advice.  At the same time, she assembled an excellent team of experts, which enabled me to reach a successful conclusion.


I cannot thank Jenny and her team enough and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend TS&P, Debbie, Jenny and Patricia highly enough. Many thanks again for your professional conduct throughout.


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