Sports Injury? Could You Be Entitled to Compensation?
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Tue Oct 2017
No doubt that sports are an integral part of America culture. In fact, children are encouraged to start early. The idea is not just for exercise reasons, but also to learn the concept of teamwork and sportsmanship. Furthermore, sports keeps kids out of trouble, lets them have fun and achieve a sense of pride and accomplishment. Despite all that, there’s a looming reality. What if your child suffers a sports injury? Or, an adult gets hurt playing a game? Can a lawsuit be filed to recover damages?
More than likely, you’re sitting there puzzled. You might recall signing waivers saying that you agreed not to pursue legal action if you or your child was injured. In some cases, you may be bound by those agreements. However, there are exceptions.
According to the CDC, more than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year, along with two million high schoolers. It goes without saying that at least some of those injuries could have been avoided.
Sports Injuries and Legal Claims
Without question, participation in sporting events can come with its share of risk. A recent news article focuses on the dangers related to youngsters suffering concussions while playing football. Schools are required to follow certain standards when working with young players. Additionally, there are procedures for players returning to the field.
In many cases, it is difficult to pursue a lawsuit against a school because they may be protected by either public entity or charitable immunity laws. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if you are able to pursue a lawsuit for compensation.
A sad case from a few years ago demonstrates when a sports injury resulted in monetary damages. According to news reports, a teenage pitcher received a severe brain injury when a batter hit a line drive to him. At the time, the youth was playing in a Police Athletic League (PAL) game. Notwithstanding, Little League was sued because of the type of metal bat they certified for use. In the end, the bat manufacturer was also brought into the case. The matter settled for $14 million.
Accountability and Sports Injuries
Sports injuries are among the leading causes of brain injury among adolescents, including minor concussions and worse. This can create significant long-term health problems and cognitive dysfunction going forward. Additionally, adults that participate in sports may suffer long term issues that also include other areas of the body.
Did someone else’s negligence cause your injuries? Possibly. Rather than attempt to find out on your own, you should consider experienced legal advice. Contact the Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafaljo to schedule an appointment.