Sport spectator injury claims

Updated: October 8, 2018


Watching sports is a favourite pastime for many people, with sport's grounds and stadiums attracting thousands of spectators for every game. Sports stadiums and grounds, like other spaces used by the public, must abide by strict health and safety regulations.

The owner of the grounds is responsible for ensuring the safety of spectators both inside and outside the venue. If a person is injured in an accident in or around the stadium that wasn't their fault, there may be grounds to make a compensation claim. Quittance's panel of solicitors are experienced in dealing with sport spectator accident claims.

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Common sport spectator accidents

Accidents can occur at sports stadiums or grounds in many ways. The most common include:

  • Trips, slips or falls due to poor lighting or obstructions
  • Injuries from inadequate or unsafe seating
  • Poor crowd control leading to falls or crushing
  • Injured in violence or fighting during or after the game
  • Damaged hearing due to loud noises
  • Whiplash from being hit by fast moving objects

These kinds of injuries are the fault of a third party, and may mean that compensation can be claimed.

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Do I have a sport spectator injury claim?

Persons injured in an accident in or around the sports grounds may have grounds to make a compensation claim if they can prove that the accident was the fault of the stadium owner or another third party.

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Who can a claim be made against?

The sport spectator accident claim could be made against the following:

  • The owner of the stadium or grounds
  • An individual, if they directly caused your injury e.g. in a fight or by throwing an object
  • The security staff on duty
  • The local authority if the injury occurred on council owned sports grounds
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What can be claimed for?

When making a sport spectator injury claim, a number of factors will be taken into account to calculate the amount of compensation owed. These might include:

  • Pain and suffering caused
  • Long-term impact of the injury
  • Income lost due to incapacitation
  • Psychological impact

In some instances the psychological impact of the spectator sporting accident may be severe. Historic sporting disasters have had long-term damaging effects on those who witnessed the event. For example disasters such as Hillsborough, which resulted in the deaths of 96 spectators by crushing due to poor crowd control. In instances such as this, it may be possible to claim compensation for psychological damages as a bystander.

Other useful reading: Claiming compensation for an injury sustained whilst playing sport

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How much compensation can I claim for a sport spectator injury?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Meet the team

The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims, from less-severe claims to serious, long-term injury. Selected on the basis of their track record in recovering compensation, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience recovering compensation for their clients.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Emma Bell Employers and Public Liability Panel Solicitor
Shahida Chaudery Complex Injury Claims Panel Solicitor
Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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