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Liability for Children’s Sports Injuries

Ordinarily, parents cannot sue for injuries that naturally occur in sports, such as sprains, muscle or ligament tears, or fractures.  This is because when you allow your child to participate in a certain sport, you assume the risk of injuries that may happen in that sport.  However, under certain circumstances, your child’s sports injury may lead to lawsuits. An experienced Coweta County personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether you have a case regarding your child’s sports injury.

 

Some examples of negligence in sports that may lead to lawsuits include the following:

 

  • Negligent Coaching—A coach is expected to take proper care to provide the correct training and coaching for each individual player’s age, abilities, and skill level.  If a coach or other responsible adult instructs or encourages your child to do something beyond their proper skill level and causes your child to get injured, that coach may likely be held liable for the injuries and any related costs.
  • Defective equipment—If a manufacturer makes and sells protective equipment for sports, you should expect that the equipment will properly protect your child. When equipment is defective due to flawed design or manufacturing, and it does not sufficiently protect your child from injury as it claimed to do, the manufacturer may often be held responsible for their negligence.
  • Reckless or intentional acts—If another player recklessly or intentionally causes injury to your child while playing a sport, their family may be required ot compensate you for your child’s injuries.  Some examples of this type of behavior include a starting a fight during play, recklessly throwing equipment, or intentionally injuring an opponent after play has stopped.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

Sports are an important part of the lives of many children, however sports should always be supervised by skilled coaches and regulated in a safe and healthy manner. When a coach or league acts in a negligent manner and causes an injury to you child, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you hold that party responsible for their actions. If your child has been injured, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 to discuss a possible case today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia