Sports and Recreational Activity Accidents
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What Are Recreational Activities?
Recreational activities are defined as sports and physical activities engaged in for pleasure and leisure during free time. These activities include sports, such as dirt bike racing and baseball, and recreational activities, such as camping and hunting.
What Are Some Injuries That Result From Sports and Recreational Activity Accidents?
Any type of physical harm caused by someone else is considered to be personal injury. The injuries that can occur from sports and recreational accidents range from mild to severe, depending on the nature and fast pace of the activity. These injuries include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Simple to severe strains and sprains
- Broken bones
Are These Injuries Considered Sports Injuries?
Injuries are considered sports injuries if they are incurred by a person who was participating in a sporting event. Sports injuries are divided in to two categories: traumatic impact and overuse. A traumatic injury is one that is a strike or blow. An overuse injury occurs from repeated use of a particular body part.
Can I Sue for a Recreational or Sports Injury?
You may be able to sue depending on how the injury occurred and if you signed a consent form. A person who sustains a sports injury may sue an organization or individual for their negligence in the causation of the injury. Negligence is the failure to use ordinary care a person in the same or similar circumstances would use. The elements of negligence are:
- Breach of duty
- Cause, which includes actual and proximate cause
A plaintiff would have to prove each element to win the lawsuit.
What Is Consent in Sports or Recreational Activities?
A consent form is a waiver releasing the organization or person from liability if an injury occurs. In some cases, an injured individual who has given their consent by signing a waiver may be prevented from recovering compensation for any injury suffered.
Do I Need a Lawyer If I Suffered a Recreational or Sports Injury?
You should contact a personal injury lawyer if you need help determining whether you can file a lawsuit. A lawyer can explain who was at fault or the injury and how to proceed with the case.
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Last Modified: 09-29-2015 11:28 AM PDT
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