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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 attorney as soon as possible.
Common Injuries Sustained From School-Sponsored Sports?
Anytime a person engages in physical activity, they run the risk of sustaining an injury. This is true for an activity as simple as getting up from the couch to grab a glass of water. Clearly, injuries that involve more vigorous activity have a higher risk for injury, and this is particular true in activities that involve physical competition between two or more people.
Among the more common injuries that student athletes sustain include the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
While many of these injuries may be self-resolving and require little medical attention, some have the potential to cause long-term medical complications. As a result, it is advisable for anyone who sustains an injury while playing a school-sponsored sport to discuss their case with an attorney as soon as possible.
Concussions in Sports
Participating in physical activities like sports presents an increased risk of sustaining a concussion. While certain sports like football or hockey present a particularly high risk of causing concussions, it important to be aware that concussions can occur in all sports, and proper identification and treatment of a concussion is essential. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, a sports related concussion may entitle a person to significant compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
The following are signs and symptoms coaching staff and parents should look for in an athlete to determine whether he or she has sustained a concussion:
- Appearing dazed or stunned
- Being confused about assignment or position
- Forgets practiced plays
- Is confused about aspects of the game, such as the opponent or the score
- Moves clumsily
- Answers slowly
- Loses consciousness
- Changes in personality or behavior
- Trouble with memories, either before or after the fall or collision
All concussions are serious, and any athlete who has potentially suffered a concussion should undergo a complete medical evaluation.
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