Sports Injuries, A Tale of Two Tackles
Two British footballers suing opponents after horror tackles may illustrate the different sides of the game in monetary terms but both highlight the dangers of reckless play and vindictive tackles, says personal injury solicitor, Garret Spring from Manchester law firm, Pannone LLP.
Marcus Hallows a 33 year old semi-professional player with Altrincham Football Club is suing for £100,000 and former Manchester United starlet Ben Collett, now 23, is claiming £16 million in his attempt to win largest ever sports payout.
Hallows action is against the Ashton United player whose tackle ended his career after causing a horrific open fracture of the shin. He almost died after his heart stopped, and was subsequently taken to hospital where he underwent two operations.
He is now suing for loss of earnings, based on a semi-professional career in football until the age of 35. The player’s injuries caused his football career to end and he now works as an Elvis impersonator.
Garret Spring, the Partner at Pannone who successfully handled the case of Scunthorpe United footballer Peter Morrison, who received over £400,000 in compensation after he was injured in a malicious tackle, said, “It seems that there was no video evidence, and so witness and photographic evidence will have to be used to see whether there was a significant risk of causing injury when the tackle was made. It will also need to be proved that the tackle was the actual cause of the player’s career ending.”
Ben Collett was, according to Sir Alex Ferguson, “Likely to have become a top professional” and was described as being the next Ryan Giggs. He suffered a double fracture of his leg in a tackle by Middlesborough player Gary Smith in a reserve team game.
Personal injury solicitor Garret Spring specialises in no win, no fee compensations claims related to sports accidents at Manchester law firm Pannone LLP. Garret can be reached by calling Freephone 0800 0384 384. For more information please visit http://www.pannone.com/solicitors-for-you/personal-injury.asp
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