Who should be responsible for brain injuries in sport?

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The 2016 State of Origin rugby league competition is over for another year and the focus has shifted to off-field events, with claims arising for compensation for brain injury. In recent times, football codes in Australia have had to respond to issues surrounding concussion and brain injuries with the question yet to be decided: who should be legally accountable and liable to pay compensation?

Sport in Australia does not operate in a law-free zone. The preliminary claim for compensation initiated in Queensland by former amateur rugby league player, Liam Cullen, has raised a number of legal issues in sport.

According to media reports, Cullen was an amateur rugby league player for the St George local football club when he suffered a traumatic brain injury. The injury arose from an on-field incident in a game against Roma Cities in the Roma and District Rugby League amateur competition in 2014.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2016


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