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. While generally accidental, sometimes these injuries can involve negligence, such as an overeager player hits you way too hard during a fun game of touch football. When this happens and an injury occurs, you may have a case on your hands.
The experienced sports injury lawyers of Munley Law have represented many victims who have suffered sports injuries. We have learned through years of experience that sports-related injuries and deaths are often caused by the negligent and careless actions of sport leagues, schools, coaches, and even other athletes. We offer free consultations to all sport injury victims and we do not recover a fee unless we win for you. Our firm will invest in the experts and investigators necessary to build a strong case that will help you recover any compensation to which you’re rightfully entitled.
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What Are Youth Sports Injuries?
Youth sports injuries are injuries experienced by participants in youth sports teams and leagues. These types of injuries can have a unique nature due to the age and experience of the persons involved in youth sports. These usually involve children and teenagers under the age of 18, and may be connected with public school teams or city-sponsored organizations. Team sports such as soccer, football, and hockey can often present more risk for injury due to the interaction with other players. However, individual sports can also present some risks as well. Some common types of youth sports injuries can include:
- Muscle strains and sprained joints
- Abrasions and cut wounds
- Broken bones
- Head trauma or concussion
Lawsuits for sports injuries generally involve an award for monetary damages to compensate the injured player for any injury-related medical costs. In incidences of youth sports injury, the child’s physical and future development can be a factor when calculating the damages award because major injuries during this age range can have permanent effects on the child’s abilities in the future.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Injuries?
One of the biggest barriers to recovering a damages award in a youth sports injury lawsuit is the notion of consent. In order to participate in most school, city, or county youth sports team, the child’s parent is usually required to sign a consent form or waiver, stating that the parent and child understand the various risks associated with that particular sport. 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. For example, if the school consistently allows excessive force to be used during football, they may become liable for injuries resulting from the non-standard conduct of the players or coaches. This may be true in practice as well as during actual game time.
In addition, it is possible for sport coaches or instructors 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 directly due to conduct or decision-making by a coach such as this, they might be required compensate the child for medical costs or other costs.
If your child has suffered due to a sports injury or accident, we can help. Contact a sports injury lawyer at Munley Law today. Use the contact form or call (215) 515-7688 to schedule a free consultation.