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Assistant Referee Receives Damages for Touchline Collision Injury

05 October 2015

football referee running across field

Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Nic Collins is a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Cardiff.

Settlement Value: Confidential

What happened: The client was a high profile Football League assistant referee. Whilst officiating at a League game he collided with one of the substitutes who was warming up on the touchline.

Previous concerns had been raised about players getting in the way of officials running the line. The client suffered an injury to his groin.

How Slater and Gordon helped: Slater and Gordon were able to argue that the client’s injury brought about the premature end of the man’s officiating career.

There were no particular technical issues with this claim but the case brought up interesting arguments surrounding causation and possible earnings opportunity had the client continued to officiate at Premier League games.

Impact: Slater and Gordon argued that the client lost the opportunity to officiate at a Wembley Cup Final as a result of his injury.

Decision: The claim settled for an undisclosed sum

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