Sports are an extremely healthy way to get exercise and are an integral part of many people’s lives. In addition, youth sports can be an important part of a child’s social development and can also teach skills related to teamwork and healthy forms of competition. For these and many other reasons, thousands of people engage in organized and “pickup” sports on a daily basis throughout the St. Petersburg area. Unfortunately, sports also expose participants to a risk of serious injury, which can sometimes be realized with devastating results.
Injuries that occur during the normal course of an athletic competition generally do not result in a legal cause of action. The law recognizes that when people voluntarily choose to participate in an activity with certain risks, they are assuming the risks associated with that activity and, therefore, should not have a right to recover. When sports injuries are caused by another person’s negligence, however, they may be able to file a legal claim to recover for their losses. The information below discusses some of the more common scenarios in which people who sustain sports-related injuries are entitled to compensation. For specific information regarding your case, call an attorney at the Dolman Law Group today by dialing (727) 222-6922.
Sports injuries may be caused be defective equipment
One of the more common situations in which a sports injury entitles victims to recovery is when the injury was caused by defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed equipment. Examples of the kinds of defective equipment that could potentially result in a serious injury include the following:
- Baseball bats
- Hockey or lacrosse sticks
- Swimming equipment
- Weight training machines
Importantly, these defects are not always apparent to the untrained eye. For this reason, it is important for victims of any type of sports injury to have their case reviewed by an attorney to determine whether or not it may have been caused by defective sports equipment.
Sports injuries can be the result of poorly maintained premises
Unreasonably dangerous premises are another common cause of sports injuries that may entitle a victim to file a premises liability claim after an injury-causing accident. These kinds of hazards can occur both indoors and outdoors and can happen on virtually any type of playing surface, such as baseball fields, ice rinks, gymnasium floors, football field, and soccer fields. In addition, defective fixtures on a particular playing surface, such as basketball hoops, goal posts, bases, or hurdles could also give victims of accidents the right to recover compensation.
Sports injuries can be caused by the negligence of a coach or other person in a position of authority
Negligent coaching can also give rise to a legal action if it results in an injury to an athlete. Examples of negligence coaching include inadequate training, asking a player to engage in competition far above his or her level, disregarding an athlete’s lack of experience, and putting a player in a situation that the coach should have known was hazardous, as would occur in inclement weather. In cases where a coach is an employee of a school district or of a particular school, the victim may be able to file legal claim against the coach’s employer, rather than the coach. In many cases, doing so may be able to ensure that the party that is deemed liable is actually able to pay for the victim’s damages. Other parties that could potentially be held liable in these kinds of situations include referees, league officials, parents of other children participating, organizers, or others who have the authority to make decisions that affect the safety of the athletic competition in which an accident occurred.
Contact a St. Petersburg personal injury attorney to retain legal counsel today
Individuals and parents of children that have been injured in a sport-related accident should have their case reviewed by an experienced attorney as soon as possible. In many instances, these kinds of accidents can result in significant compensation for the losses sustained by victims under Florida law. Because cases arising from injuries sustained during participation in sports can be extremely complicated, it is important for victims to retain an attorney familiar with litigating sports injury cases. To schedule a free initial consultation with a Clearwater personal injury lawyer, call the Dolman Law Group today at (727) 222-6922 or send us an email through our online contact form.
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