Many view sports injuries as an inevitable part of the job, and most of the time minor sports injuries are a result of simply playing the game.
However, some sports injuries can severely impair a person’s quality of life or end a career. When this is the case, an athlete may feel that someone should be held responsible for their injuries.
Severe sports injuries often coincide with personal injury, especially if damages are high and someone else’s negligence is responsible. It’s important for athletes and the parents of athletes to know their rights when faced with such a serious situation.
Sports Injuries Can Vary
The majority of sports injuries are minor concussions, broken bones or torn ligaments. While these injuries certainly cause pain and discomfort, no ongoing medical needs are typically required after the injuries heal. In addition, these types of injuries are often covered by insurance, meaning that the financial strain is minimal.
However, sports can also cause severe spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or paralysis. These injuries result in long-term recovery, high medical bills and decreased quality of life. In these instances, insurance money may not cover all expenses; however, a personal injury claim may help.
When to File a Personal Injury Claim
Some sports injuries are caused by the negligence of others. When this is the case, the injured party can be compensated through a personal injury claim. You may be able to file such a claim if your injuries are caused by someone’s breach in responsibility or by another player’s excessive violence.
Negligence on behalf of a sports organization or other individual can come in the following forms:
- Failing to give players breaks
- Ignoring signs of potential injury
- Failing to care for equipment
- Ignoring safety procedures
Some sports come with a certain degree of contact (football, wrestling, hockey, etc.), but if a player is ever the subject of excessive violence or is intentionally targeted and injured during a game, that contact can turn into just cause for a personal injury claim.
How to Receive Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a sports accident, don’t assume that you can’t receive compensation for your damages. If the injuries are severe and you expect that negligence or excessive violence is to blame, speak to a personal injury attorney immediately.
The attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo are ready to help you navigate your sports injury case. Contact us today for a free consultation and to have your questions answered.