According to the National Center For Sports Safety, sports related injuries account for some 21% of all brain injuries among children in the United States. Some 3.5 million children under the age of 14 suffer sports related injuries each year. In addition to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), those injured in sports experience a wide variety of injuries that include:
- Muscle strains
- Back injuries
- Sprained Joints
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Abrasions and cuts
When Negligence Is At Play
Sports injury cases will typically involve either negligence or deliberate egregious behavior. In an effort to gain a competitive advantage or to win on the playing field, sometimes coaches choose to ignore or bend certain safety rules and precautions.
This is an example of negligence.
When negligence is to be proven, the defendant must be shown to have lapsed their duty of care and that this negligence caused the injury. Deliberate egregious behavior is often more evident, but here are some examples of negligence and willful intent by liable parties:
- The coach refused to take an injured player out
- Coaches and trainers waiting too long to contact emergency medical personnel
- Poor or defective playing fields or surfaces
- Exiguous protective and safety gear
- Abusive or untrained coaches
- Players forced to play "dirty"
- Coaches physically assaulting players
- Young players forced to exert beyond their reasonable physical limitations
If your child has been injured in any way as a result of a sporting event, sports practice, coach, or trainer, don't hesitate to call Hall, Ricketts, Schuller & Gurbacki, P.C., right away. Let us get to work on behalf of your family. Our aim is to leverage the 80+ years experience of our firm for the benefit of your case. Without the benefit of a proficient personal sports injury attorney, you may not achieve the fullest appropriate recovery to cover the damages of you child's injury.
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