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Suing after a Sports Injury

Participating in organized sports can be a great way for kids and adults alike to stay to spend free time and get exercise. Unfortunately, participation in sports can also raise a person’s risk of sustaining a sports-related injury. The injuries that people can sustain when playing sports can range from minor cuts and scrapes to more serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury. Generally speaking, a person may not sue due to injuries sustained in the normal course of a sporting event. This is due to the legal doctrine of “assumption of the risk,” which holds that a person assumes the risk of injury when participating in an inherently dangerous activity.

Under certain circumstances, however, a person injured may sue the responsible party or parties. Some of the most common are detailed below.

  • Intentional conduct – When a player intentionally injures another player, they may be sued for any injuries caused. A common example is when players fight one another.
  • Recklessness – When a player knows that certain conduct may result in injury but knowingly disregards that risk, he or she may be held liable for any injuries that may result.
  • Negligent coaching – If a coach is negligent in training or supervising his or her players, he or she may potentially be held liable in if that negligence results in injuries.
  • Defective equipment – Sports equipment that is defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed may cause injury. When this occurs, the manufacturer or retailer may be held liable for any injuries that result.

There are many other ways that a sports injury may occur, some of which may give rise to a legal claim. The best way to determine whether you may be able to recover for your injuries is to have your case reviewed by an experienced Corinth personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a Clayton County personal injury lawyer for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has sustained a sport-related injury, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia