For many school-age and college-age students, the beginning of the school year also involves the start of a new season of fall sports. Many sports traditionally played in the fall, perhaps most notably football, are high-contact sports that involve a particularly high risk of injury. Many sports injuries do not give victims a legal right to sue, due to a legal doctrine known as “assumption of the risk.” Basically, it holds that people who choose to participate in an activity and understand the risks that it involves forgo the right to sue. Some injuries, on the other hand, are cause not by risks inherent in a particular sport but by negligence or recklessness. In these cases, victims may be able to recover for their injuries. To determine you can sue after a sports injury, you should discuss your case with one of the lawyers of Shane Smith Law as soon as possible.
What kinds of Injuries can be Sustained in 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:
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.
Contact a Newnan personal injury attorney for a free consultation
Students who are injured in accidents that occur in the course of a school-sponsored sport may be able to recover significant financial compensation from their school, another player, a coach, or the manufacturer of sports equipment, as well as other parties. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Shane Smith Law today at (770) 487-8999.