In the United States, 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and every year there are roughly 3.5 million sport-related injuries with many suffering serious injuries and even death. By far, the most common injuries are sprains and strains.
Although death from a sports injury is rare, the leading cause of death from a sports-related injury is a brain injury. Sports and recreational activities contribute to approximately 21% of all traumatic brain injuries.
While generally accidental in nature, sometimes these injuries can involve negligence (for example; an overeager player hitting you way too hard during a fun game of pick-up basketball). When this happens and an injury occurs, you may have a case on your hands.
Contact Sports Cause More Injuries
Obviously, some sports are more dangerous than others, contact sports like football can be expected to result in a higher number of injuries than a non-contact sport like swimming. However, all types of sports have a potential for injury, whether from the trauma of contact or from overuse or misuse of the body.
One of the biggest barriers to recovering damages in a sports injury lawsuit is the notion of consent. In order to participate in most school, city, or county sports teams, the child’s parent or participant is usually required to sign a consent form or waiver stating they understand the various risks. However, the league or school may be held liable for allowing sports violence or conduct that is outside the scope of the rules of the game.
Furthermore, it is possible for sport coaches or league operations to be held liable for some sports injuries.
Some forms of inappropriate coaching and instructional methods may include:
- Encouraging conduct or behavior that is outside the rules of the sport
- Such as playing dirty or using too much force for a particular type of sport
- Failing to remove an injured player from a game
- Physically assaulting a player
- Pushing the child beyond reasonable limits during training and practice (ie. heat exhaustion)
- Failing to consult medical professionals in an emergency
If a child becomes injured thanks to conduct or decision-making by a coach, they may have a case and could be entitled to compensation for medical costs or other expenses.
Brain injury can lead to huge medical expenses and long-term difficulties at any age, whether that’s in school, work, or even securing employment. In extreme cases, it can make independent living difficult or impossible.
Get Medical Help ASAP
The first thing to do after a head injury is to get medical attention. But when a brain injury has been caused by someone else's negligence, the injured person may be entitled to compensation.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an injury and you suspect negligence, call the professionals at Bart Durham Injury Law 24/7. We always offer FREE consultations and you pay nothing up front!