Roller derby is a sport in which participants skate and race around a track loop. Depending on the rules, players may be allowed to “jam” or interfere with competitors in order to prevent them from winning the race. Roller derby can be an intense sport, and may involve a high degree of contact. Combined with high speeds, the contact and rough nature of the game can result in serious injuries. These can include:
In addition, “pile ups” or instances where multiple roller derby participants are injured at the same time can lead to more serious injuries.
Who Can be Held Liable for Roller Derby Injuries?
In most cases, participants in roller derby events and leagues are typically required to sign a waiver, releasing the roller derby venue and other participants from liability for injuries during the events. However, liability for injuries can still be found depending on the circumstances. For instance:
- Owners or maintainers of roller derby venues may be held liable for injuries related to negligence in upkeep of the facilities. An example of this is where a roller derby participant is injured due to a failure to keep the track repaired (such as a loose floorboard). Liability may increase especially when the owner knew or should have known that repairs were needed
- Manufacturers of roller derby equipment can be held liable for injuries resulting from defective products or gear, such as defective skates, helmets, pads or other implements
Other participants can be held liable for derby injuries, especially if the injury results from conduct that falls outside the rules of the sport. This can include injuries resulting from reckless behavior, fighting, or when a participant tries to intentionally injure another skater
Are There any Legal Remedies for Roller Derby Injury Claims?
Roller derby injuries can sometimes be complex and may require legal action to resolve. Such lawsuits may often result in remedies such as a monetary damages award for the injured party. The award may cover losses and expenses like medical costs, hospital bills, any property damage, and other related losses like lost wages.
In cases involving intentionally caused injuries, other consequences can be imposed. For instance, assault charges may also be involved, which can require additional legal processing.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Roller Derby Injury Claim?
Roller derby injuries may be serious, and claims may require the assistance of a lawyer. You may need to hire a personal injury attorney in your area if you need representation or guidance for your claim. Your attorney can provide you with guidance from start to finish for the legal process.