James Braund, solicitor at Trethowans LLP specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence claims, has recently had an article published in the Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal (PIBULJ).
James' article, published earlier this year, addressed recent developments in the law surrounding personal injury claims for injuries suffered as a result of sporting events. In particular it examined the interplay of such claims with civil liability and consent. The article can be found at http://www.pibriefblog.com/2013/01/19/sporting-injuries-civil-liability-and-consent-james-braund-trethowans-solicitors/ (although a PIBULJ membership will be required to read the full article).
Commenting on the issue, James stated that "the law surrounding personal injury claims suffered at sporting events, particularly as a competitor, is complex, especially given that in most cases there is usually an inevitable degree of implied consent to an ordinary and reasonable risk of some injury within that sport. However where is an avoidable risk or reckless act which goes beyond this then it may be that a personal injury claim can be pursued. In any event someone who has been injured in such circumstances should seek specialist legal advice at the earliest opportunity in order to establish whether or not they may have a potential claim".