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Mulderrigs have been representing injured players in successful football injury claims for over twenty-five years. All football players have a legal duty to take care for the safety of their opponents, so if you have suffered a serious football injury as a result of a reckless challenge we may be able to help. We have helped over 100 players recover compensation for their injuries.
The Law On Football Injury Claims
But it is important for us to make it clear that these cases are incredibly difficult to prove at court, based on our recent experience, it is probably essential that the offending player was sent off for the challenge which led to your injury.
Why Choose Mulderrigs For Your Football Injury Claim?
We have tried to answer some of your initial questions on this page and you can read our football injury claim case studies.
In any football injury case there is no substitute for having a chat.
Our initial advice is always free and we are always happy to work on “no win no fee” terms.
Football Injury Claim Case Studies
Frequently Asked Questions
The law on claims for a football injury is very straightforward – All footballers have a legal duty to take care for the safety of opponents when playing the game.
If you are badly injured as a result of a negligent challenge from an opponent you may be able to claim compensation in respect of the injury and any financial losses you suffer.
But it’s important to be clear from the very outset that football injury claims can be very difficult to prove.
Football is a fast moving game and fouls will always occur.
In order to succeed in a claim against an offending player it is usually necessary to show that your opponent’s challenge was bordering on reckless.
Although it doesn’t guarantee success, your case is likely to be much stronger if the referee issued a straight red card.
Your manager should be able to give you a lot of helpful information such as:
Contact details for all your team mates
Contact details for the offending player’s club
Contact details for the referee and the league
If the challenge has left any stud marks it is sensible to get photographs.
It’s worth looking for the offending player and/or his club on Facebook Twitter. We have been involved in a number of cases where offending players have been foolish enough to comment on their dangerous challenges.
Contact us now for some free initial advice. We will be able to tell you very quickly whether or not we can help with your case.
Most of our football injury claims go on for at least 18 months from the initial call, and some take quite a while longer.
This is because:
We are usually dealing with very serious leg injuries, and it can be at least 12-18 months before the medical experts can give a final opinion about the injury.
Football injury cases are fought very vigorously by the insurers for the offending player, and it is often necessary to bring court proceedings for our clients.
But we won’t get our fees until the case is finished, so we will get on with things as quickly as we can!
Unfortunately, lack of insurance can be a major problem in football injury claims.
Most leagues and county associations make it compulsory for clubs to have massive public liability insurance cover, but they don’t realise that the policies often exclude cover for incidents where one player negligently injures an opponent. In practice, that means that many offending players aren’t insured.
Over the last 10 years we have been contacted by dozens of injured players who should have recovered thousands of pounds in compensation – but they ended up with nothing because the offending player wasn’t covered.
We believe the position is quite scandalous and we have been lobbying the Football Association since 2005 to introduce a compulsory nationwide insurance scheme.
Although the FA have recently introduced a nationwide scheme, it isn’t compulsory, and it doesn’t go nearly far enough.
In some cases, we are able to pursue the case because the offending player is covered by his (or his parents’) house insurance.
We’ll be able to tell you during the first call whether or not you have reasonable prospects for making a claim for your football injury.
We will want to gather some initial accounts of the incident from you and your team mates.
As soon as we know whether or not the offending player is covered by insurance we will then aim to meet you and your team mates face-to-face, in order to get detailed statements from everyone.
We will then send a detailed letter of claim to the offending player, providing your account of what happened, why you think he was at fault and giving an outline valuation of your case.
All parties to the claim have to abide by the terms of the Pre-Action Protocol for Personal Injury Claims, which encourages both sides to settle the case without court proceedings if possible.
If the insurers for the offending player deny responsibility for your injury, or refuse to negotiate sensibly, we will advise you about the issue of court proceedings.
We usually arrange to meet with a specialist barrister at that stage so that we can get review the evidence. We work closely with the barristers who have appeared in some of the leading football injury claims.
We are very, very experienced in the conduct of court proceedings in football injury cases.
Even in difficult football injury claims, where court proceedings are necessary, quite a number of our cases are settled on favourable terms before we ever get to a trial.
When cases go ahead as a trial the experience of giving evidence is rarely as difficult as people imagine.
We have previously published some very straightforward pointers about giving evidence at court.
As you might expect, the amount of compensation in football injury claims depends on the extent of the injury and the level of financial losses.
The classic injury in these cases involves fractures of tibia and fibula, often requiring surgery to insert metalwork to correct the fractures. Compensation for the injury alone often amounts to £10,000 or more.
Some players are lucky and return to playing within a year or so, but some never return.
Some players get paid in full whilst they are off work, but others suffer massive loss of earnings.
So, in our recent football injury cases the level of settlements has ranged between £15,000 and over £100,000.
If you ask us to deal with your football injury claim we will discuss the fee arrangements clearly and carefully before asking you to sign our terms and conditions.
Although other fee arrangements are available, “no win no fee” is usually the best option for our clients.
There are no “upfront” fees, no hidden charges, and we will never leave you out of pocket.
Most importantly, if you lose the case you pay nothing at all.
We have never had a complaint from a client in relation to fees.
We have been representing players in football injury claims for over twenty five years, and we have recovered millions of pounds in damages for our clients.
We promise to speak to you in plain English.
We’ll come to see you at a time and place that’s convenient for you.
We have held the Law Society’s LEXCEL quality mark since 2002, and in our most recent survey 97% of our clients described our service as good or excellent.