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A Guide To Football Stadium Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

How Much Compensation For A Football Stadium Accident Claim?

Whether you are attending a football match for the first time, are a regular season ticket holder, an employee of the football club, agency worker or a part of the visiting team; a visit to a football stadium should be an enjoyable and above all safe experience. As a local or visiting fan, your trip to any football stadium, whether large or small should be a fun experience where you get to support your team, feel an amazing atmosphere and see or participate in the action.

Most of us will visit a football stadium, or another sporting venue for fun, to relax and even to blow off a little steam. However, this does not mean that football stadia are always free from risk or dangers and there have been some large historical incidences of football stadium injuries to individuals and groups of people. Unfortunately, for some fans, players or employees, a trip to the football stadium accident claimsfootball stadium could result in a football stadium accident claim. For the employees of and those who work at a sports stadium, the threat of an accident at work is can be greater than people who might work in more day-to-day settings, such as shops or offices.

If you have been involved in an accident in a football stadium, such as a crush injury in the crowds, or a slip, trip or fall on the terraces or elsewhere in the stadium, you could be asking who is to blame for your injury? If you have been injured at a football stadium, no matter what your accident or injury, if it was not your fault you may be entitled to claim compensation. Establishing who is to blame can be difficult. It could be the responsibility of the stadium owner, the football team’s owner’s or companies or other parties who may own or run a concession. If you have had an injury and had to visit your doctor, you could be entitled to compensation.

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  • A Guide To Football Stadium Accident Claims

    Football stadium accidents happen at venues across the country, as well as to football fans who are travelling abroad for ‘away’ games as well as international fixtures. Football stadium accidents have occurred at every level of the game, from small local club fixtures with small stands and stadia, through to the largest premier league clubs. There were several high profile accidents and incidents resulting in injuries to football fans and staff at fixtures during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Some of the largest and most notable incidents were the incidents at Hillsborough in Sheffield in 1989 and the Ibrox accidents in 1971. These incidents were notable for the nature and severity of the crush injuries suffered, as well as the number of people who were injured or killed. Whilst most people won’t suffer such as injury or football stadium accident, accidents do still happen. In 2017 games have still been cancelled due to barriers collapsing and people being injured in a variety of ways.

    The most common accidents at football stadiums include;

    • Most football stadiums are designed to hold several thousand or even tens of thousands of people. Because of this, the stands are designed and fitted with raked seating and many steps. These typically may not have handrails and can result in the risk of slips, trips and falls in football stadiums.
    • Even travelling to a football game can pose a risk in different ways. Whilst walking through the grounds people can have a slip, trip, and fall injury on the pavement, in the car park or whilst in transit on the way to the stadium. As there are thousands of people all heading to the same destination, the chances of there being a road traffic accident are thus higher.
      Any ball game, such as football, always includes a chance that a ball could be kicked into the crowd, injuring either a spectator or a member of staff.
    • Sitting in the front rows might get you close to the action, but there can also be a risk in doing so. Athletes (such as football players) can fall into the crowds. Whilst this may look funny when seen on the TV or on the Web, for those on the receiving end of the collision, it can be painful and result in an injury.
    • Stadiums will often have areas which are exposed to the elements. Those on the stands and terraces watching the game will always have a chance of severe weather (such as driving rain or freezing cold) causing surfaces, seats, and walkways to become slippery. Electrical storms can also pose a risk to fans sitting outside. This means that both stadia owners, managers, and fans should be prepared.
    • Broken seat injuries can also happen at football stadiums. When there are thousands of people sitting on seats weak in, weak out, it means that there is a possibility for some of the seats to become broken and for people to suffer an injury as a result.

    No matter the type, nature, and severity of your accident or injury suffered, the specialist expert legal solicitors at Legal Expert can help you pursue your compensation claim.

    Stadium Owners Duty Of Care

    In this section, we will look at the role of the law in football stadiums and the duty of care which stadium owners have over their staff and customers (visitors). There are several legal requirements in the UK which surround the duty of care and football stadiums. Until the occurrence of several disasters at football stadiums in the UK in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the terraces which had traditionally made up football stadia were replaced by all seated stadiums. As such, the UK has not seen any football stadium collapse in 2017.

    The Football Spectators Act of 1989 can lay the grounds for some football stadium accident claims. During the 1980’s there were disasters at different football grounds across the country as a result of congestion on the terraces, as well as other injuries and accidents caused by football hooliganism. The 1989 legislation was created to address these issues and others, such as the fire at the Bradford City stadium in 1986. The 1989 act required football fans attending league or international matches (in England & Wales) to carry an identity card. This would mean that clubs and authorities can easily identify known hooligans. This was superseded by the Football Act of 1999.

    If you have been involved in a football stadium accident, solicitors acting on your behalf will need to ascertain if the following conditions have been followed by the football stadium. These are;

    • Stadiums in the Championship and Premiership must be all-seated with no terracing.
    • The rival team’s supporters seating areas must be segregated.
    • There must be an adequate amount of stewards in specified areas of the stadium.
    • Stadia and grounds must have adequate parking either on site or close by.
    • Stadiums must provide dedicated access for the emergency services to enter the grounds.
    • There must be adequate numbers of toilet facilities.
    • All football stadia and clubs must have appropriate first aid equipment and trained professionals.
    • Players and match officials dressing rooms must be secured and fit for purpose.
    • Exists should be signposted and there should be sufficient information to ensure people can be safely evacuated if necessary.
    • There must be a smoke-free environment across the entire stadium and club grounds.
      Alcohol cannot be drunk in sight of the pitch.

    As with any public space, those who own or manage the space have a duty of care to those who are using the facilities.

    Factors Which Can Lead To Football Stadium Accident Claims

    Football stadium accident claims will look at the factors surrounding the accident and injuries sustained. The owners and event organisers of football stadiums are legally required to take action to reduce the chances of people getting injured. The facilities should be kept in a good and safe state of repair. This means that they should provide their staff with the training needed to identify and reduce risks. If this is not carried out and people have been injured as a result of this negligence, you could be entitled to make a football stadium accident claim. At any sporting event or event in a large stadium, there will be several factors which could cause spectators, fans or staff to become injured. These factors can include;

        • Broken chairs causing seating injuries.
        • Slippery floors (as a result of spills, cleaning or even the weather) leading to slip, trip, and fall injuries.
        • Poorly maintained facilities and grounds. This could include things such as an unsafe car park.
        • Violence which happens as a result of a lack of security.
        • Football action leaving the field, i.e people or the ball coming into the crowd.

      Football Stadium Slips, Trips, And Falls

      Across the country, slips, trips, and falls are one of the most common injury types. As such, stadium owners have a duty of care under the Occupiers Liability Act of 1984 to ensure that visitors and staff have a safe environment to use. This environment should have a reduced risk of injury. To satisfy this duty of care, stadium owners should do all they can to prevent a slip, trip and fall accident happening on their grounds. They need to prevent surfaces from being slippery as a result of everything from the weather to food and beverage spillages. In areas such as a public bathroom, the floors can become slippery after being used by a large number of people. This is to be expected. However, if they become slippery due to a (known) plumbing problem, the staff at the stadium should ensure visitors are aware of the water hazard. This could be through clear signs and announcements. If staff were aware of the slippery floor but had not done anything to warn people, they may have been negligent and could be liable for any injuries which have been sustained.

      Football Stadium Broken Seat Injuries

      A hazard such as a broken seat can cause a variety of injuries to fans and visiting spectators. Broken chair injuries are any type of injury which has been caused by a faulty or even broken chair. This includes falling off the chair due to it breaking, as well as injuries which have been sustained over time, due to the continuous use of a broken chair. They can lead to slips, trips, and falls. As long as your injuries were not your fault, you should be able to make a claim for compensation.

      Football Stadium Accident Claims Caused By Poorly Maintained Ground

      Football accident claims can include claims for accidents and injuries caused by poorly maintained grounds and facilities. These can happen at football stadiums, as well as any other sporting events and grounds. Hazards which can pose a risk to fans can include poorly placed or loose railings, faulty seating and cracked floors. When these have not been maintained to the correct standards or be repaired, or made apparent to visitors by the owner or occupier of the stadium (or other arenas) and you are injured as a result of this, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Talk to the specialists at Legal Expert today by calling 0800 073 8804.

      Assaults Or Violence At Football Stadiums

      Unfortunately, as with many large-scale events, violence and assaults can happen at sporting events such as football matches at football stadiums. A football stadium accident, such as an assault or other violence can occur. In the UK, incidents of violence or assault can result in the offender being issued with a banning order, preventing them from attending fixtures and from entering certain areas during match times. At previous national and international matches, there have been clashes between opposing groups of fans. Rival groups of fans have stormed pitches. Violence and assaults between fans and against stadium staff can cause major injuries. If you have been involved in such an accident and received injuries, the first question a solicitor will look at is whether or not there were adequate security measures in place. If you have been injured in this way, you may be able to claim negligence on the part of the organisers of the football match. To find out more about these types of claims, talk to Legal Expert today.

      Football Stadium Accident Claims Caused By Action On The Field

      During some sporting events such as football matches, the ball (or other equipment) can leave the field and be thrown into the crowd. Depending on the match players can also be thrown into the crowd or land into it when playing. As a lot of the time fans can become engrossed in the game, they will generally be aware of what is happening on the pitch and will avoid getting hurt. However, sometimes the accident may happen at a very fast pace, unexpectedly and leave no time for a person to react. In these cases and injury can not be helped. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to make a successful claim in these types of cases to make a personal injury claim. This will be due to the terms and conditions or ‘small print’ which is part of the ticket including a disclaimer which states that all fans assume the risk of these kinds of injuries if a ball or player leaves the pitch. However, at some stadiums and sporting events, there will be a protective barrier (such as netting or a clear plastic barrier) in place to prevent players or the ball from entering spectators areas. If this barrier is damaged and the stadium managers were aware of this damage, the injuries to the spectator can be attributed to an accident and the stadium owners are liable for the injury.

      How To Make A Sports Stadium Accident Claim

      You should start your football stadium accident claims process as soon as possible after the initial accident or the presentation of the injury. The first thing to do is to notify the owner, manager or appropriate member of staff. You can do this by recording the accident in the stadiums incident book. This notification can be done in person or by other methods of notification.

      The next step in your sports injury compensation claim is to get the medical attention you require. Ensure that you get documentary evidence of your medical records. Make sure you also keep any receipt for medication or treatment. You may be able to include these expenses as part of your claim at a later date. As part of your claim, solicitors acting on your behalf may send you for further medical examinations with approved doctors.

      The next step your solicitor may carry out is to gather the evidence necessary to build your claims case. As soon as possible you should talk to any witnesses, collect statements from them and make a note of their contact details for future reference. You should also take pictures of your injuries and the surrounding area or thing which caused the accident. This can help to demonstrate negligence on the part of the stadium.

      Next, talk to a solicitor. To make a successful compensation claim, you need a dedicated and professional team behind you.

      How Much Compensation For An Stadium Accident Can I Claim?

      A question solicitors are often asked by clients is how much compensation they can expect to get for an accident in a football stadium? This is a reasonable question for people to ask. However, it is impossible to provide clients with a definitive answer before weighing up all the different facets of their claim. The table below is designed to serve as a guide to what people could be awarded for different types and severities of personal injury claims.

      Chest InjuriesModerateUp to £3,000Moderate chest injuries can include fractures of the ribs, causing serious pain as well as temporary disability (lasting for several weeks)
      Neck InjuriesSevere£50,000 - £99,500 Serious neck injuries include fractures to or damage of the spinal discs. This can result in permanent disabilities, as well as substantial loss of movement in the neck.
      Neck Injuries (fracture)Severe£34,575 - £42,550 Severe neck fractures can lead to long term and chronic conditions.
      Neck InjuriesModerate£19,000 - £29,250 Moderate neck injuries include more moderate things such as dislocations of the tendons and soft tissues in the neck.
      Neck InjuriesMinor£3,300 - £6,000 Minor neck injuries which can be recovered from in a two year period.
      Back InjuriesSevere£29,475 - £53,000 Includes soft tissue damage, leading long-term, chronic conditions and symptoms.
      Back InjuriesModerate£21,100 - £29,475 Moderate back injuries will encompass a wide variety of injuries. At football stadia, they can include crush or compression fractures. These will include long term consequences.
      Leg InjuriesSerious£13,650 - £21,100 Bone fractures which will completely heal or damage to the soft tissue which will fully heal.
      Leg InjuriesModerate£6,925 - £10,700 Simple fractures which lead to no lasting damage.
      Knee InjuriesSerious£53,000 - £73,125Including knee injuries where the claimant will later develop osteoarthritis.
      Knee InjuriesSerious£39,625 - £53,000 Fractures extending into the knee joint, causing long-term pain and discomfort.
      Loss of anticipated earningsN/A£10,000 - £400,000This amount will be calculated based on the claimants future prospects, and current pay grade/ earnings. In certain cases, this maximum can be exceeded.

      The table is not a complete list of all injuries which may be sustained at a football stadium. If your injury is not listed on the table above, don’t panic. Call the specialist legal solicitors at Legal Expert for further help and advice on what you might be able to claim for and how much your claim could be worth. Please note, these figures are based on the 2017 edition of the Judicial College guidelines for claim awards.

      Football Stadium Accident Claims

      If you have had an accident whilst at a football stadium and are looking to recover the compensation you deserve, making a football stadium accident claim on your own can be a difficult task. As well as being time-consuming and requiring specialist legal knowledge and expertise, it can also be a costly process. Without some type of legal help, it can be too expensive and complicated to make a claim. Many people who are making a personal injury compensation claim can already be facing financial pressures as a result of the initial accident and any losses of earnings. The added burden of paying legal fees on top of this can make paying upfront for a solicitor or claim prohibitive. For claimants who are already struggling to make ends meet, the added pressure of paying for a lawyer upfront or ongoing during your claims process can make people drop their claim.

      No win no fee, or conditional fee agreements were invented to mitigate this. Solicitors offer claimants a ‘no win no fee’ agreement. This means that the panel of solicitors we partner with across the UK won’t make any upfront or ongoing charges. They will work to recover any compensation which you are owed. The benefit for claimants are that they won’t have to make any payments towards their claim costs whilst the case is in progress.

      If your case is not successful, and the solicitors we work with are not able to claim any compensation for you, the no win no fee agreement stipulates that claimants are not liable for any costs the solicitor has incurred. In the event of a ‘win’ the solicitors fee will be included as a part of and deducted from the claim. Your ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’ (the technical name for a no win no fee contract) sets out what fee the solicitors will take from the final award.

      Claimants can be concerned as to how much this is, and often worry that they may have to pay a large part of their compensation to the solicitor. However, by law, a claimant must keep at least 75% of the total amount of compensation awarded. Talk to the specialist legal solicitors at Legal Expert today to take advantage of our no win no fee legal services and get the compensation you deserve.

      How Legal Expert Can Help You Make A Football Stadium Accident Claim

      Making any kind of compensation claim, such as a football stadium accident claim, no matter the cause of the accident or your injury, it is never an enjoyable or easy process without the guidance of dedicated legal experts. Even when the accident you were involved in or the injuries you sustained aren’t too serious, or if you are not in too much pain, completing a personal injury claim can still take a long time to carry to completion. As such, at the start of your compensation claim, the legal experts we work with across the UK are there to ensure the the compensation process is as pain-free as the process can be.

      The initial step in any compensation claims process is securing the best legal advice and representation you can find. This is where the specialist professionals at Legal Expert can help you. We provide our services on a completely no win no fee basis. We will begin with a no obligation advice and consultation session during which we will show you the best way to carry out your claim. At this point, you can also ask our experts any questions which you may have about the claims process. This will help our solicitors to establish the basis of your claim as well as establishing the liability of the football stadium owners. Questions we may ask include, when and where the accident occurred and the circumstances around it. We will also ask about the nature of your injuries and if you have already gathered any evidence. We might also ask if you have had any financial losses or costs as a result of the injury. After establishing these facts, we may be able to offer you our services.

      Why Choose Us For Your Claim?

      At Legal Expert, claimants choose to use our no win no fee services for a variety of reasons. The solicitors we partner with across the country are on hand seven days a week to provide you with the best legal advice available today. You can benefit from a variety of experience and expertise, thanks to our dedicated and professional staff. The solicitors we partner with will begin working your claim by reviewing the basic details of your accident and injury claim and contact you through an initial consultation. From the beginning of your claim to the end, our team aim to support you through your recovery. The dedicated professionals at Legal Expert will work to secure the compensation that you deserve.

      Talk to the professionals at Legal Expert today. Our team will then begin working on getting you the compensation you deserve. We will talk you through the claims process, which you may be entitled to under guidelines produced by the Judicial College. To contact us, fill in the contact form on this page or call us today on 0800 073 8804, or send us your details in an email.

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