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All participants in a sport have a duty of care to other participants. For example, if a tackle intentionally or recklessly results in serious injury then the person may be liable for the injury suffered as a result. The effects may be substantial where the person is unable to work as a result, whether they are a professional sportsperson or not.
Accidents and injuries can also result from the condition of the playing surface or equipment used. Pitches are subject to inspection and should be checked before the start of any game. A leisure centre or similar organisation hiring out pitches for games of football etc. have a duty to carry out regular inspections to make sure that surfaces are safe and do not contain hazards such as potholes which may be caused by wear and tear. Equipment such as goals should be properly secured. Protective equipment provided should conform to the proper standards and be in good condition.
Instructors in a sporting context owe a duty of care to their students. For example, a ski instructor has to make a reasonable judgment as to the ability of the students when considering the slopes that they are teaching them on. If they are allowed to encroach onto other slopes they may cause an accident and injure them selves or others.
Instructors involved in any sport will have a higher duty of care where children are involved.
As with most accident claims, each situation will be considered individually and on its own merits. It is therefore crucial to seek advice from a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor as soon as you feel that you may wish to bring a claim for compensation. Early collection of evidence such as photographs of any equipment involved or details of witnesses should be obtained as early as possible.
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