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Home > News > Personal Injury News

2nd March 2006

Football injury claim

Clear Answers' specialist personal injury lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors have recently won compensation for a man injured whilst playing sport.

In this accident claim, Clear Answers' Solicitors successfully represented an amateur footballer who was the victim of a negligent tackle by another player. Our success was reported in the Daily Mirror, on Midlands Tonight and the front page of Non League Football with some quotes and headlines suggesting this had implications that would affect all football.

In fact it was held there was a breach of duty of care from one footballer to another in what at least one witness said was one of the worst tackles he had ever seen. These cases remain rare and difficult to win as it is understandably not enough in law to say every miss-timed tackle, even those which cause injury, is proof of negligence in itself.

The claimant, who was 21 at the time of the incident, suffered a broken tibia and fibula and significant scarring as a result of a tackle by the defendant.

There was a conflict of evidence about the nature and circumstances of the tackle: the claimant's evidence was that he ran in and cleared the ball and saw the defendant's tackle coming and that it was a studs-up, two-footed tackle. This is classified as a dangerous tackle in the rules of football. His two witnesses (one of whom had refereeing experience) stated that it was one of the worst tackles that they had seen in a football game.

The defendant said that he sought to make a sliding pass by sending the ball to the right midfielder but the claimant came in and collided with him. He accepted in principle, that a two-footed, studs-up tackle is dangerous.

Awarded Injury Compensation

The Judge found that: "what started as a legitimate attempt to regain the ball turned into a dangerous tackle." He found that the defendant had sufficient control over himself to have tried to steer away from the tackle and also lower his legs but that he failed to do so. He found that the claimant was struck in the air by one or two feet with the studs showing upwards.

The tackle was therefore negligent and the claimant won. He was awarded £8,000 for his injuries.

Making a Personal Injury Claim for Compensation

If you have suffered an injury whilst playing or watching sport, which was due to someone else's negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

Clear Answers' Solicitors are experts in dealing with all personal injury claims and will be able to provide you with expert legal advice about making a personal injury claim. Contact us now on 0800 783 9019 or by completing one of our online compensation claim forms.

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