Rugby may be one of the most aggressive sports played. Tackling, mauls, packs, rucks, scrums, and just the participation in the sport increases the risk for serious injury. This is not to imply that injuries sustained in rugby should be treated as a factor of the game. Many injuries can be long-term if not life alternating. Understanding your legal rights in this matter may help you get the treatment you deserve for your injury.
Because there are multiple elements to the game, rugby has an endless amount of potential injuries. However, there are some injuries that do commonly occur. Like with most sports these are categorized as cumulated (overuse) injuries and acute (traumatic) injuries.
Muscular injuries such as sprains, cramps, runner’s knee, torn ligaments or tendons are all serious injuries that occur often in the sport. Most commonly, a rugby player will have some bruise or scrape from the game. Minor bruises should be treated like any bruise. However, any major or prolonged bruise/swelling should be analyzed by a medical professional to ensure that there is no other injury which is not being noticed or treated (such as a fracture or a swollen artery).
As the sport involves a hard moving object, head injuries do occur often. It has been estimated that up to 25% of all injury cases are head injuries with 44% of those cases being concussion cases.
If you are injured then you need to seek the attention of a professional to determine the extent of your injuries. Unfortunately, many times a rugby player will see that showing that he or she is in pain is a sign of weakness in sportsmanship. This is a folly in the sport which has led many to life-changing consequences for “walking it off”. There are many preventable injuries which occur do to negligence most commonly:
- Pitch Conditions are not maintained
- Non-professional refereeing
- Sub-standard coaching
- Poorly maintained facilities (both the field and surrounding areas)
- Neglected medical treatment or misdiagnosis
If you have an injury because of any of the scenarios above then you may have grounds for a Rugby Injury claim, especially if medical treatment was denied or if you received faulty information about your injury from a medical staff, practitioner, or doctor.
Other areas which would constitute a valid claim would be in situations where dangerous tackles were performed or in situations where a physical assault has occurred between players.
Injuries are not always sustained on the field. Rugby players can get injuries off the field as well as on. The loccer room and gym are often places where injuries occur and are overlooked. However, these are still part of the facility and part of the rugby sport. Just because you are not physically playing the sport at that time does not mean that it is not considered a sports injury.
Gym injuries can occur from many different scenarios. One such example would be faulty equipment which causes injury, or improperly stored equipment which causes injury (such as a dumbbell being left on the floor).
Fans can also cause injuries to players. As stated earlier, Rugby is one of the most aggressive sports. This aggressiveness sometimes transcends to the spectators, especially in grudge matches and in championship events. It is not uncommon to find a disgruntle fan. On occasion, it has occurred that upset fans have caused injury to players. If you have sustained any injury from a spectator while playing rugby you have grounds for a claim.
When filing an injury claim, it is critical that you do so within the least amount of time from injury. Many claims are dependent upon the time in which the injury occurred to the time of filing. Also, Rugby claims have guidance in place from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for reporting which must be completed. Failure to file or to complete this guidance within the proper amount of time could result losing your claim.
If you have been the victim of an assault by another player or players, there may be other legal steps which must be taken in order to file a claim. Please contact us for any questions regarding the appropriate measures you need to take to file a claim in this situation.
As with any sports injury, you are strongly advised not to engage in any sports activities while filing your claim. If you are undergoing treatment, follow the instructions of the medical professional.
If you have any inquires as to Rugby injury claims or to speak to someone about your claim, we would love to hear from you. Our professional staff will work closely with you in filing your claim to get you the compensation that you deserve.
If you would like to make a compensation claim for a Rugby Injury case then call Tylers Solicitors today for a no-obligation chat on (freephone) 0800 699 0079 today!
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