The West Ham and England footballer Dean Ashton is looking to make a claim for compensation after being forced to retire from the game at the age of 26.
Ashton was injured following a tackle with Shaun Wright-Phillips during an England training session. Now he is looking into whether he can file a compensation claim against Wright-Phillips’ club at the time, Chelsea, on the grounds of vicarious liability.
Chelsea are likely to argue that because the incident happened during an England training session that they had no responsibility over Wright-Phillips’ actions. Instead they will say that both players were under the care of the Football Association (FA) and therefore not acting during his employment with their club.
A sports injury compensation claim has already been made against the FA by West Ham, who want £7million for the amount they paid for Ashton from Norwich City.
The player was a bright hope for the England team. The training session in which he was injured, for a friendly game against Greece, it was likely he was going to be starting up front.
Ashton has so far received £3million, believed to equate to a years salary from his club. However, his claim will be likely to include money for damages and loss of future employment. Although he is in a healthy condition, he is unable to move or put pressure on his left ankle and this could cause major problems in the future.