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Defective sports equipment

The consumer law and product safety team at Leigh Day represents clients who have suffered painful and debilitating injuries after using substandard sports and gym equipment or after they have been involved in accidents either as a spectator or a participant in a sports match.

People are increasingly leading healthier lives. Advertising campaigns such as ‘This Girl Can’ and ‘Couchto5K’ are encouraging people to get out and get fit. Gym memberships continue to swell, and people are actively taking part in more team sports, fitness initiatives and race events throughout the country.

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Sports and Gym Equipment

Whether you regularly attend a gym or purchase sporting equipment to allow you to work out at home, you would probably always presume that the sport’s equipment you use have been rigorously checked and their safety verified. Many people probably would not think twice about using a piece of equipment in their local gym or sports club for this very reason.

However, what happens when that piece of equipment catastrophically fails mid-use? At best, you may come away with some cuts and bruises but in the very worst case you may suffer a catastrophic brain injury, life altering injuries or even a fatality. In these circumstances, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

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Team Sports and Activities

Injuries, both minor and major, can happen in all sporting activities and often they are entirely without fault. However, when a sportsperson suffers injuries which are caused by poor training, reckless tackles, or substandard facilities, they should be entitled to seek compensation for those sporting injuries. In some cases, sports professionals are no longer able to return to their favourite game, despite them previously having a promising career in their chosen sport.

In short, the consequences of suffering a sporting injury due to another person’s negligence can be devastating and life altering.

Our specialist lawyers have experience in pursuing claims for defective sporting goods such as faulty helmets or faulty cycling equipment, and for negligent training and actions on the part of sports clubs and other parties which have resulted in serious and life-altering injuries.

Everyone should feel confident that the sports equipment they use and the training they receive is safe and to a satisfactory quality. Our specialist lawyers are keen sportspeople themselves and are therefore always striving to see tighter and more stringent regulations surrounding the safety of gym and sports equipment.

If you believe you may have claim for personal injuries suffered after using a substandard piece of gym or sporting equipment or receiving poor or substandard spots training, please feel free to contact a member of the team.

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