Head Injuries in Cricket

Head and brain injuries often come with life changing consequences. As one of the most important organs in your body, any damage to your brain could have a lasting impact on the way you live your life and can also pose a risk to your health, both short and long term.

While cricket may be thought of as a slow paced game with limited action, it doesn’t mean that the risks are fewer. In a professional game of cricket, the ball can weigh in the region of 155.9g and 163g, and travel at speeds of up to 90mph. For the batsman standing in front of the ball, this can pose a huge danger of head and brain injury.

Cricket is one of many sports where wearing a helmet is compulsory, however moderate to serious head injuries are not uncommon and players are often subject to broken jaws, cracked skulls or concussion. While head injury fatalities are rare in cricket they do happen, with the most recent example being Australian cricketer Phil Hughes who passed away in hospital following a test match back in November.

The 25 year old died two days after he was struck on the back of the head by a cricket ball, leaving him needing surgery in an induced coma.

Tony Grabs, a surgeon at the hospital, said the batsman had suffered “catastrophic head injuries”. He went on to say that surgeons had to remove part of the Hughes’ skull to relieve pressure on his brain. After his condition did not improve after 48 hours in intensive care, the cricketer died from a cerebral haemorrhage.

While safety procedures and helmet designs have improved significantly over the last few years, a head or brain injury in cricket can entitle you to compensation if the accident wasn’t your fault.

Various parties have a responsibility to protect your safety when playing cricket including your coach, other players, grounds operators and equipment manufacturers. If mistakes are made, the results of a head injury could be devastating.

Our solicitors are practised in a number of injuries including head injuries, neck and spinal chord injuries and fatal accidents so don’t hesitate to get in touch after an accident. We will be able to advise you on the strength of your claim and how much compensation you could be entitled to.

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