Every athlete knows that almost all sports come with the risk of injury. So do parents of children involved in youth or high school athletics. Sometimes, however, injuries aren’t part of the usual risks involved in a sport but rather the result of negligence by a coach, organization, manufacturer of defective equipment, or fellow participant. When that happens, and children or adults are hurt as a result, the responsible party must be held accountable.
The Brothers Law Firm represents athletes and others who are injured in sports-related accidents. We understand the unique legal principles that can make the recovery of compensation difficult. Like the best athletes, we have the skills, determination, and passion that allow us to champion for those injured by the negligence of other parties.
Examples of Sports Injury Claims
Just because a sport comes with inherent risks does not mean that those charged with keeping players and games safe are relieved of any responsibility for injuries. If they act unreasonably or make decisions that directly lead to an athlete’s injury, a viable action for losses can be made against them.
Some common examples of actions, omissions, or choices which may support a sports injury claim include:
- Coaches pushing athletes beyond their skill level, training, or ability
- Coaches or leagues encouraging unnecessarily rough play or fighting
- Failure to provide adequate medical attention or evaluations before play or after an injury
- Forcing, encouraging, or allowing an athlete to return to play when they may have suffered a concussion or other injury
- Another player intentionally inflicting harm during practice or a game
- Defective sports equipment or protective gear
- Hazardous or dangerous conditions on fields or courts created by inadequate inspection or maintenance
- A league, school, or other organization failing to conduct an appropriate background check on a coach or trainer.
Some of the most common sports-related injuries include:
- Brain damage
- Heat exhaustion
- Spinal injuries
- Sprains and strains
What About Waivers?
Frequently, athletes or their parents are asked to sign a waiver releasing the organization or individuals in charge of a game, activity, or league of responsibility for any injuries. But not all waivers are created equal, and waivers can’t release responsible parties from willful, wanton, or intentional conduct. Unclear waivers, situations in which the signer was not given an opportunity to read or understand the waiver, or if the injury suffered was not one reasonably contemplated in the sport, then the document may not be effective in insulating parties from responsibility.
A sports injury lawyer will know whether a waiver is an impediment to a claim of compensation or whether a successful argument can be made that it should be disregarded and deemed unenforceable.
The Brothers Law Firm: Speak With a Sports Injury Lawyer Today
At The Brothers Law Firm, we are relentless in our pursuit of compensation for those who suffer sports injuries and have the experience and tenacity to make that happen.
To schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your sports injury claims, please contact The Brothers Law Firm at 281-491-3635.