Sports are a significant part of American culture. From local little league and high school sporting events to professional organizations like the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB), sports are a recurring theme in our collective experience as Americans.
Although sports can be a fun way to exercise and build cooperation and leadership skills, they also come with an inherent risk of physical injury. Some sports, like football, pose a greater chance of injury to players because of the contact involved in game play. Other sports, like swimming, pose much less of an injury risk because there is no contact between opposing teams. However, there is no sport where a player has no chance of being injured. If you or your child are involved in sports, always be sure to take the necessary safety precautions for your particular sport.
If you or your child have suffered a sports-related injury caused by another party's recklessness or negligence, you could have grounds for a sports injury claim. Generally, athletes have to sign release forms acknowledging the risks of their sport and taking responsibility for them before joining a team or a gym. However, there are ways that an individual can be injured through no fault of his or her own.2 Unsafe or poorly-maintained equipment can lead to an injury as can insufficient safety gear provided to school athletes. If you feel that another party's recklessness or negligence, rather than the nature of the sport, led to your or your child's injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney soon after receiving adequate medical care for the injury. A personal injury attorney can determine if you have grounds for a claim and if so, provide you with the legal guidance and representation you need to pursue monetary compensation for your damages.
Examples of Sports Injuries
Sports injuries range from fairly minor issues that only require a short period of rest to recover to life altering. In some cases, athletes die as a result of the injuries they sustain when playing sports. Examples of sports injuries include:
· Broken bones;
· Muscle swelling
Other complications that an individual can face as a result of a sports injury can include paralysis, paresis, and brain damage. These complications can often be prevented through immediate medical attention. If you or your child are injured while playing a sport or engaging in any other type of physical activity, seek medical care immediately.
Filing a Sports Injury Claim
As a claimant, you can potentially seek compensation for the following through your sports injury claim:
· Medical expenses. This can include disability aids, such as a motorized scooter during your recovery;
· Lost wages from time spent out of work to recover;
· Pain and suffering. This refers to your intangible expenses, such as the need for psychological counseling following an accident.
After receiving medical care, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determine how to proceed with your claim. You will need to provide evidence for your claim, which can include any type of documentation that shows how the negligent party caused your injury and you suffered significant expenses because of the injury.
Proving that your sports injury was caused by another party's recklessness or negligence can be more difficult than proving other types of personal injury claim because it is so easy to be injured while playing sports. Examples of cases where a claimant's injury was clearly due to another party's negligence or recklessness include cases like:
· A football player suffering an injury after an opponent punched him during a tackle.
· A soccer player suffering an injury after tripping in an unmarked hole in the playing field.
· A swimmer suffering from a bacterial infection after swimming in a pool that was not properly chlorinated.
Schedule a free consultation with a St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney
If you or your child have suffered from a sports injury, contact Dolman Law Group today to begin discussing your personal injury claim during your initial legal consultation with our firm. We are here to provide you with the guidance you need to get the money you deserve. Do not wait to contact us – in Florida, the is four years from the date it occurred, regardless of whether the victim is an adult or a minor. Please call today at 727-222-6922 for a free consultation.
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