Sports injury


Welcome to the Tim Meakin blog. Tim Meakin is a leading barrister who specialises in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury matters from Toton. So how does the law look at negligence in the sporting world? To succeed in an action of negligence, the victim must be able to prove three things:

  • That he was owed a duty of care
  • That that duty of care was breached
  • The damage suffered was caused by that breach 
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In contact sports, such as football, all participants owe a duty of care to one another. In order to show a breach of that duty, conduct must be reckless and fall below the standard required of a reasonably skillful and competent professional player. It must be an act that is more serious than an error of judgement. Thereafter, the injury suffered must be foreseeable. For example, it must be the type of injury that one would expect from a foul or tackle. Given that, the test for negligence in the sporting world is a high threshold to meet.

In order to prove a successful case for sporting injury, you must ingather as much evidence as possible to support your case. Below is a summary of some evidence that may assist your case:
  • Photographic or video evidence
  • Eye-witnesses
  • Referee Opinion
  • Expert Evidence
In sport, it is not always the assailant who is open to being sued – players, clubs, governing bodies and referees can also find themselves subject to legal action, which will be explored in the case law discussed.

Check back for more!

Tim Meakin has a particular interest in Sports Law cases and has represented many sports people and sporting bodies from Toton in Nottingham. Learn more about Tim Meakin Toton here. Alternatively, you can also follow Tim on the Tim Meakin Toton Twiter page here. You can also read the Tim Meakin Toton news here.

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