Rugby Concussion Compensation Claims
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Growing awareness of concussion in rugby is leading to major changes in the game - but there are still dangers.
Players who suffer concussion could claim compensation if their injury was not recognised and dealt with in the proper way.
Coles Miller solicitors are recommended in the Legal 500 guide to Britain’s top lawyers for their personal injury expertise.
Get legal advice on no win no fee compensation claims from Coles Miller. Contact our experts:
- Partner Adrian Cormack, who leads our Personal Injury Department
- Personal injury executive Crispin Cormack, a former rugby international who specialises in personal injury and medical negligence cases.
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Claiming Compensation For Rugby Concussion
Rugby is a contact sport with inherent risks. Players accept that as a fact of the game.
But as a player you also have the right to the correct diagnosis and treatment if you are injured - and that includes concussion.
Concussion is a brain injury with effects that can last long after the player and club believe that he or she has recovered.
The RFU has a four-point safety campaign to ensure that concussion symptoms are recognised, injured players are removed from play, helped to recover and allowed to return only when it is safe to do so.
Injured players who have not been treated properly or have been returned to the field too early could suffer long-term concussion-related brain injuries and may have a claim for compensation.
Also, all players, coaches and officials must now pass an online module after changes agreed by the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association. Failure to do so can lead to fines or suspension.
Players whose injuries are made worse because of failures on the part of clubs or officials could claim compensation.
There are precedents in American football. In 2013 the NFL agreed to a $765 million settlement for concussion-related brain injuries among 18,000 retired players.
The settlement includes compensation plus payment for medical examinations and research. It followed legal action by 4,500 former players.
Find Out More About Rugby Concussion
ITV News has interviewed Crispin Cormack on the legal issues surrounding rugby concussion - watch the full news report here.