Sport Injury Solicitor – Compensation Claim Australia
Our Australian sport injury solicitors are experts in obtaining maximum compensation for personal injuries. If you have been injured whilst playing sport, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, disabilities, medical expenses and time off work. Call our solicitors advice line today to find out how our sports injury claim lawyers can help you obtain maximum compensation under the No Win No Fee scheme.
Obligation-free advice is available to all those injured as participants or spectators in sporting activities and events, including training in sports centres. Whether you are a professional athlete, amateur athlete, university, college or school student or an employee injured in a sporting event organised by work, you may be able to claim compensation for your sport injuries and disabilities.
Call our solicitors advice line, complete the contact form or send an email to find out how we can help you. Strict time limits apply in lodging claims for compensation, so you should not delay in seeking legal advice.
Who Can Claim?
If you play club sport, you may be able to claim compensation pursuant to an insurance policy or scheme (e.g. the NSW Sporting Injuries Insurance Scheme). Most sporting organisations have insurance cover for their members. So if a member is injured, compensation is payable regardless of fault.
If sport is your employment, and you are injured during training, playing sport or travelling to/from sporting events or training, you may be entitled to claim workers compensation.
If you have been injured as part of school or university sporting activities you may also be able to claim compensation pursuant to an insurance policy or under the common law.
If your injury is sustained as a result of carelessness or the intentional act of another player, you may be able to sue for common law damages.
If you have been injured as a result of unsafe premises, inadequate or unsafe sporting equipment or a dangerous sports ground, pitch or playing surface you may be able to take legal action against the organiser of the event.
If you have sustained injury at a sports centre as a result of premises being in a poor condition or machinery or equipment being defective or as a result of inadequate instruction we may be able to claim compensation for personal injury.
You may be able to claim the cost of medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic treatment, and remedial massage), dental expenses, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, attendant care, domestic assistance and legal costs.
Types of Injuries
Basketball involves a considerable amount of running with explosive movements and rapid changes in direction and pace. Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common type of injury in basketball. These include back injuries, sprains, strains, contusions, dislocations and fractures. Wrist and hand injuries are common as are sprains and dislocations of PIP joints of the finger. Lower extremity injuries include: knee injuries, patellofemoral syndrome, anterior cruciate ligament injury, shin splints, stress fractures, patellar tendinitis (вЂњjumpers kneeвЂќ) and ankle injuries.
Brain injuries are less common in basketball. Concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) can happen through player- to- player collisions or contact with the floor. Signs and symptoms of MBTI include transient loss of alertness, nausea, amnesia, confusion, headache, dizziness, visual disturbance, mood swings, changes in behaviour and cognitive decline.
Brain injuries and concussion are the most common neurologic injuries in boxing. Nasal contusions, nose bleeds, facial lacerations, hand and wrist injuries are the leading non-neurologic injuries.
Bicycle crashes are the second leading cause of sports associated serious injury. Head injuries account for most bicycle related deaths. Falls on out-stretched hands can result in: scaphoid fracture, colles fracture, acromioclavicular (AC) joint separationвЂ”usually direct trauma to the involved shoulder, clavicular fracture. Crashes and falls from bikes can result in skin lacerations and abrasions, pelvic fractures, internal organ damage (liver, spleen, bowel, pancreas, abdominal wall). Knee pain, shoulder bursitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, neck pain, low back pain, ulnar neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, tenosynovitis, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, hip bursitis and groin injuries are also common injuries found in bicycle riders.
Fractures and bruising are the most common cricket injuries. Injuries to the face, teeth, jaw can occur when a ball hits the face. Bowlers may suffer from injuries to the shoulders, hands and the lower back. Fast bowlers tend to suffer from stress fractures, especially in the metatarsal bones, the fibula and the tibia.
Football / Rugby
The majority of injuries suffered by footballers involve the lower extremity with sprains, contusions, and strains being most common. Fractures account for 10% of injuries. Medial collateral ligament sprain is the most common knee injury. Anterior cruciate ligament is the most devastating knee injury commonly seen in footballers and generally requires surgical reconstruction. A thigh/quadriceps contusion is the most common soft tissue injury in football, resulting from blunt trauma. вЂњTurf toeвЂќ is a sprain typically resulting from forced hyperextension of the planted toe on the turf. Shoulder instability and dislocations can result from tackling. вЂњJersey FingerвЂќ is another tackling injury- it is the forced extension of the actively flexed finger when trying to grasp an opponent; the athlete will feel a pop in the finger joint.
Head trauma is the greatest source of fatal injuries in football, generally from subdural hematomas. Mechanisms of injury include a direct blow to the head by an opponent or a blow to the head from hitting the ground. Brain shearing and acceleration/deceleration forces can also cause brain damage. Tackling, blocking and spearing can result in cervical spine injures (neck injuries) and brain injury. Damage to the spinal cord from trauma to the neck can result in quadriplegia. Lumbar spine injuries are another possibility.
Soccer players are susceptible to high ankle injuries during collisions or contested balls. Ankle sprain can occur with pivoting, jumping, and hard turns with the ball. Soccer causes a high incidence of knee injuries, particularly meniscus injuries. Lower leg injuries (tibia and fibula fractures) can occur with aggressive slide tackles from behind. Successive head balls may result in brain injury analogous to the chronic progressive traumatic encephalopathy seen in career boxers.
Most injuries result from the golf swing, the equipment, or objects on the course. The lumbar spine can be injured as it rotates, side bends, compresses, flexes, and hyper extends during swinging of the golf club. Shoulder injuries and elbow injuries (medial and lateral epicondylitis) are also common. DeQuervainвЂ™s tenosynovitis is a common wrist problem seen in golfers. Wrist fractures can occur if the club head strikes a rock, stump or too much turf.
Most injuries occur in the shoulder and elbow- rotator cuff tendinosis and tennis elbow. Lower extremity problems are typical as seen in other running sports, e.g. ankle sprains, knee injuries medial tibial stress syndrome, and achilles tendinosis.
Back and knee injuries are by far the most common injuries to rowers. Back injury syndromes that can be seen include muscular and lumbar disk herniation. Patellofemoral pain (knee pain) is a common complaint among rowers. Tendinitis can occur in the patellar, quadriceps and forearm. Nerve entrapment syndromes such as digital nerve compression in the fingers, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica are common complaints. Rib stress fractures can occur through muscle pulling during the row stroke.
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Our Australian sports injury solicitors are able to act on a No Win No Fee basis. This generally means that there are no upfront costs, and the client does not have to pay their solicitor any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful.
To find out how the No Win No Fee scheme operates and how we can help you obtain maximum compensation, call our free advice line today.