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Sports injury compensation lawyers - London

Sport injury

Injuries caused to, or by, either participants or spectators in the course of sporting and recreational activities, can if they are caused by negligence, give rise to a claim for damages. From football and rugby to boxing and extreme sports such as kite-surfing, for example, negligent actions may lead to injury.

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Miss Raquel Siganporia of ASPIRE LAW LLP in Richmond
Clinical negligence lawyer
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Raquel is a Partner and heads up the firm’s Spinal Injury department. Raquel specialises in representing clients with spinal cord injuries arising from medical negligence and or personal injury. She has been widely praised for her... Read more
Distance: 8 miles
Mr Ian Latimer of TAYLOR ROSE MW in London
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I act for clients who have been seriously injured as a result of road collisions, workplace accidents and occupational diseases such as upper limb disorder and work-place stress. I have acted for a client in a minimally conscious state and... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Mrs Isabel Bathurst of SCOTT-MONCRIEFF & ASSOCIATES LTD in London
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am a personal injury solicitor specialising in cross-border litigation. Therefore I am able to assist if you have been involved in an accident whilst travelling abroad. I advise on serious injuries involving head and spinal injuries and I also... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Mrs Josie Robinson of LIME SOLICITORS in London
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Distance: 2 miles
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am a Senior Solicitor in the Complex Injuries team at Bolt Burdon Kemp having joined the firm in 2019. I qualified as a Barrister in 2012 before cross-qualifying as a Solicitor in April 2017. I have specialised in helping people who have... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Brain injury lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Laura qualified as a solicitor in November 2008, having completed her training contract at a firm in West London. She joined Irwin Mitchell on qualification and worked there as a solicitor until joining Leigh Day... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Brain injury lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Bethany qualified as a solicitor in July 2008, having completed her training in a niche London firm. She joined Leigh Day in November 2013 after having worked at Irwin Mitchell since qualification.  Bethany became a Partner at Leigh Day in April... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Accidents abroad lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am a bilingual and dually qualified lawyer (English/French) specialising in cross-border personal injury litigation. I act mostly for British victims of accidents abroad (France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany etc...) or for foreigners injured in the... Read more
Distance: 3 miles
Miss Minal Popat of SARACENS SOLICITORS in London
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
MINAL POPAT Telephone: 0203 588 3530 Email: mpopat@saracenssolicitors.co.uk - History  Minal Popat qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 1997.  She was formerly a Partner in a West London Law firm in 2003,... Read more
Distance: Less than one mile
Occupational disease lawyer
Asbestos disease lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Distance: 2 miles
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Anne qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has been with the firm since 2012. She is a partner in the Personal Injury team. She has been a member of The Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel since 2007. She is a recommended lawyer in Legal 500 2019... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
My name is Josh Hughes and I am a Partner and Head of the Complex Injuries at specialist personal injury solicitors, Bolt Burdon Kemp. Please see my profile here: https://www.boltburdonkemp.co.uk/team/joshua/ Since my qualification... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Fellow
Kevin specialises in pursuing personal injury and clinical negligence claims. With more than 30 years of experience, Kevin was ranked in Band 1 of Chambers (2010) and described as an "all round personal injury and clinical negligence... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Spinal cord injury lawyer
Accidents abroad lawyer
Fatal accidents lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Fellow
Julian is a Partner, Head of Aviation and International Injury and Head of KM & Compliance at Stewarts. Julian joined Stewarts in 2000 and was appointed a partner in 2002. He founded the International Injury department in 2007 and built it... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Mrs Emma Hall of FIELDFISHER in London
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I qualified as a solicitor in 2011, acting exclusively for Claimants in high value quantum personal injury and medical negligence claims. In 2014, I switched specialisms slightly, focusing solely on bringing personal injury claims on behalf of consumers... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Brain injury lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am an Associate solicitor in the Serious Injury team, based in Irwin Mitchell's London office. I am also accredited as a Brain Injury Specialist and Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Since qualifying as a... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Mr Chris Deacon of STEWARTS in London
Spinal cord injury lawyer
Accidents abroad lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am is a specialist international injury lawyer and act exclusively for the victims of accidents abroad and in disputes with tour operators, hotels, travel providers and insurers. I am an APIL accredited spinal cord injury specialist, as well as an... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Mr Paul Gilbert of DOWSE & CO in London
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Distance: 4 miles
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Fellow
Grahame Aldous QC is recommended for both Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, who have described him as: "one of the most approachable barristers and really understands what being a modern silk is all... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am an Associate Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in Irwin Mitchell’s London office. I qualified in September 2014, having spent 16 months working in the Medical Negligence team. As of September 2021, I have been with... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Mrs Caroline Kempster of TAYLOR ROSE MW in London
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am a Senior Legal Executive with over 30 years experience in Personal injury and Clinical injury claims I represent clients from all walks of life some of whom have suffered life changing injuries. My experience spans injuries arising from clinical... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am an Associate in the Complex Injury department at serious injury firm, Bolt Burdon Kemp. Since qualifying in September 2013, I have specialised in accident claims, particularly those involving road crashes and accidents at work. I... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Clinical negligence lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Fellow
Suzanne is a Partner and is Head of the Adult Brain Injury department at Bolt Burdon Kemp. She has specific expertise in complex claims involving serious brain injuries in adults and she is passionate about resolving claims swiftly and without... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Mr Gerard Stilliard of THOMPSONS SOLICITORS LLP in London
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
https://www.thompsons.law/about/our-people/personal-injury-solicitors/gerard-stilliard Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Sam is a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer with Osbornes Law specialising in complex and high value claims, including brain and spinal injuries, fatalities, loss of limbs and severe psychiatric harm. Sam qualified as a Solicitor in 2011,... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I practice in all aspects of personal injury, particularly complex liability and high value claims. I am experienced in obtaining compensation in various matters, including severe brain injuries, spinal injuries, fatal claims and accidents resulting in... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Mr Matthew Tuff of MOORE BARLOW LLP in Richmond-upon-Thames
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and have worked in the area of catastrophic personal injury ever since. The areas that I deal with include: Catastrophic personal injury Brain injury Complex musculo-skeletal and spinal cord... Read more
Distance: 8 miles
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I represent adults who have suffered a brain injury due to medical negligence or accidents, such as road traffic accidents. I have over 10 years' legal experience in acting for those who have been harmed. I have particular expertise in... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Miss Emma Dryden of MOORE BARLOW LLP in London
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Having worked on and been successful with high risk cases, where they have been rejected by other firms of Solicitors, my expertise ensures that my clients receive the highest level of awards and that their care and needs are catered for.  I... Read more
Distance: 2 miles
Mrs Tina Patel of LEIGH DAY in London
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Tina is an associate solicitor in Leigh Day’s personal injury department. She is an experienced litigator who specialises in defective products, cosmetic injury and food safety claims. Tina is the Secretary of APIL's... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
William qualified as a personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor in September 2012, having completed his training contract at Penningtons Solicitors (now Penningtons Manches Cooper) in Surrey. William worked at Penningtons until December 2016,... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Ms Sally Moore of LEIGH DAY in London
Brain injury lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Fellow
I am lead partner in the accident and personal injury claims team at Leigh Day and specialise in high value cases for clients who have suffered life changing personal injuries. I also have a wealth of experience acting for bereaved families. Some of... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
David is an Associate Solicitor in Leigh Day’s London office. He qualified in 2011 and  has worked exclusively on personal injury cases throughout his career. A link to his website profile is here... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Mr Scott Rigby of STEWARTS in London
Brain injury lawyer
Spinal cord injury lawyer
Accidents abroad lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Scott specialises in acting for clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries abroad. He has secured over £40m in damages for his clients. He represented the claimant in the landmark case of Wall v Mutuelle de Poitiers Assurances [2014] EWCA Civ... Read more
Distance: 1 mile
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Jodee qualified in September 2015 and is a solicitor in the Serious Injury Team at Irwin Mitchell. Prior to joining Irwin Mitchell, Jodee completed her training contract at Anthony Gold Solicitors, assisting on high value personal injury and... Read more
Distance: 1 mile

Do I need a lawyer to make a sports injury accident claim?

Yes you do! Many insurance companies like to contact the people involved in an accident to try to settle the claim directly. They sometimes do this even after you have instructed your own solicitors. This could be your own insurer or the insurer for the other person or company involved in your accident.

While this is allowed, there are good reasons why you should not deal with the other person/company’s insurer directly and why you should instruct a lawyer:

  • The lawyer will be able to use the online ‘claims portal’ to deal with your claim. This electronic system speeds up the claim process. Provided that liability is admitted and the claim is worth £25,000 or less, it could be finalised quickly and efficiently through the portal.
  • The other person/company’s insurer is likely to make you a lower offer than you are entitled to, in the hope that you will settle quickly and the claim can be closed. Our own research shows that claimants receive offers which are at least 42% lower when they are not legally represented. For this reason alone it is in your best interests to instruct a lawyer to represent you.
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  • The other person/company’s insurer will pay your costs and expenses if you are legally represented and successful with your claim. Dealing with the insurer directly is time consuming and is not straightforward. If you do not instruct a lawyer and deal with the insurer yourself, you are unlikely to be able to claim back the cost of the time and effort you have to put in to settle the claim.
  • A lawyer will ensure that you are properly medically examined. While it is tempting to take the first amount offered by the insurance company for a broken bone, there is a risk that this might not be your only injury which requires compensation. For example, long term pain, the risk of developing arthritis in the future, or psychological after-effects may also develop: your lawyer will ensure that the medic is alive to these issues.
  • If the accident was your fault, you should never make admissions to the injured person’s insurance company. You should seek legal advice to protect your financial and legal position.

Common causes of sports injuries

  • Defective or poorly maintained equipment
  • Unsafe pitches
  • Insufficient instruction or supervision from trainers, coaches, or fitness staff
  • Referees or umpires who fail to properly control the game which leads to injury
  • Players’ dangerous or illegal moves
  • Assault

Which type of sporting injury can I claim for?

When you take part in sporting activities you ‘consent’ to some risk of injury, so it is important that you can show either ‘reckless disregard’ for safety or a deliberate intention to injure.

For instance, in the football case of Ben Collett (Manchester United FC) v Gary Smith & Middlesbrough FC, Ben was subject to a high tackle, which was over the ball, by Gary Smith. Two bones in Ben’s leg were broken and his high level professional football career was over. Middlesbrough FC settled the claim in Ben Collett’s favour.

In rugby, the case of Ben Smolden v Whitworth and Nolan highlights the issue of consent. Ben was left paralysed after a scrum collapsed. While Smolden consented to the usual element of violence associated with playing rugby, he had not consented to the bad behaviour of another player called Whitworth, and neither had he consented to play in a game which was inadequately refereed.

Smolden alleged that the other player had deliberately collapsed the scrum and that the referee, Nolan, had failed to prevent the collapse. The court accepted that Whitworth was not to blame, but the game had been blighted by 20 scrum collapses when there were usually around six per game. The court found that the referee had not given sufficient instruction to the front rows of the scrum and "failed to exercise reasonable care and skill" in preventing scrum collapses. He was found liable for Smolden’s injuries.

Concussion is also a live issue. Injuries occur in horse racing over jumps, rugby union and American football, although the risk of concussion in motor sport and motocross has been identified as another area where it is a hazard. See ‘contact sports’ below.


Injuries caused by contact sports

In contact sports, such as rugby or American football, players already consent to a certain level of violence. Players know that they are likely to be involved in collisions. But injuries caused by reckless disregard or deliberate intention to injure can give rise to a claim.

  • Assault
    For example, in Gravil v Carroll and Redruth RFC, a fight ensued after a failed scrum and Carroll threw a punch, fracturing the bones around Gravil’s right eye. Carroll later admitted in a RFU disciplinary hearing that he had deliberately assaulted Gravil, but denied that it was a pre-meditated assault. He was temporarily suspended by the RFU. In Gravil’s subsequent claim for damages, the Court of Appeal found in Gravil’s favour.
  • Inadequate supervision/skill and care of the referee
    In rugby, the case of Ben Smolden v Whitworth and Nolan highlights the issue of consent. Ben was left paralysed after a scrum collapsed. While Smolden consented to the usual element of violence associated with playing rugby, he had not consented to the behaviour of which he accused Whitworth or to play in a game which was inadequately refereed. He alleged that he had deliberately collapsed the scrum and that the referee Nolan had failed to prevent the collapse. The court accepted that Whitworth was not to blame, but the game had been blighted by 20 scrum collapses when there were usually around six per game. The court found that the referee had not given sufficient instruction to the front rows of the scrum and "failed to exercise reasonable care and skill" in preventing scrum collapses. He was found liable for Smolden’s injuries.
  • Concussion
    This is also a live issue. Injuries occur in horse racing over jumps, rugby union and American football, although the risk of concussion in motor sport and motocross has been identified as other areas where it is a hazard.
    • In American Football, the NFL has implemented a set of guidelines called The NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committees’ Protocols Regarding Diagnosis and Management of Concussion;
    • In Rugby the RFU has issued guidance on returning to play after a head injury and rugby players from Aviva Premiership Rugby and Greene King IPA Championship are taking part in a study led by the University of Birmingham as part of its work to develop a ground-breaking pitch-side test to diagnose concussion and brain injury;
    • The British Horseracing Authority has a series of concussion management protocols, which aim to ensure that riders are better protected and prevented from riding while under the influence of a concussive injury. More information can be found here: https://www.britishhorseracing.com/press_releases/education-regulation-research-central-new-concussion-management-initiatives.

Assumption of risk

In sports, such as football, rugby or American football, players already consent to a certain level of violence. Players know that they are likely to be involved in collisions. But injuries caused by a reckless disregard or a deliberate intention to injure can give rise to a claim.

This also applies to spectators. Almost everyone who attends a cricket match, an ice-hockey game or cycle race, for example, will accept that there is a small risk of injury. If you watch a cricket match, you must be prepared to dodge the ball as it flies into the stands. Similarly, sitting in the front rows of a hockey match carries a risk of injury: spectators are regularly reminded to ‘keep an eye on the puck at all times’ during games.

But it has to be a reasonable risk. Anything which amounts to negligence cannot be accepted as within the realms of the reasonable risk of that sport. For an example of this we can look at the decision in Corbett v Cumbria Kart Racing Club, Tracksport Challenge Ltd and RAC Motor Sports Assoc Ltd in 2013. In this case, a racing club and the organisers of a moped race positioned an ambulance behind a flimsy barrier of tyres at the track edge. A moped side car and its rider crashed through the barrier and collided with the ambulance parked behind it. The impact with the ambulance caused catastrophic head injuries to the rider.

The court held that it was always foreseeable that a moped might leave the track on the bend and so the organisers should have ensured that the barrier was adequate to prevent any collision with the ambulance parked behind it. They were negligent for not doing so.


Can I claim if I was injured as a spectator?

In some circumstances, the answer is yes.

Almost everyone who attends a cricket match, an ice-hockey game or motor race, for example, will accept that there is a small risk of injury. If you watch a cricket match, you must be prepared to dodge the ball as it flies into the stands. Similarly, sitting in the front rows of a hockey match carries a risk of injury: spectators are regularly reminded to ‘keep an eye on the puck at all times’ during games.

But it has to be a reasonable risk. Anything which amounts to negligence cannot be accepted as within the realms of the reasonable risk of that sport.

For a good example of this we can look at the decision in Fenton v Thruxton (Barc) Ltd and Motor Cycle Circuit Racing Control Board in 2008. In this case, a spectator at a motor racing event was injured when a bike left the track and collided with him in a designated spectating area. The pre-race track safety inspections had been inadequate and had concentrated more on the riders’ safety, rather than the spectators. The organisers and track owners were liable for the spectator’s injuries as a result.