What are Sporting Injuries?

Sporting injuries are injuries that occur during the course of an athletic event or activity. In organized youth sports, the majority of sports injuries occur during practice. Depending on the incidents leading up to a sports injury, it may be possible to hold certain parties liable. For example, liability may be found for the coachers, trainers, equipment manufacturers, or other players.

Sports that are associated with high risks for injuries include:

  • Contact sports like football, hockey, and rugby
  • Combat sports like martial arts, wrestling, jujitsu, boxing, and others
  • “Extreme sports” like BMX biking, mountain biking, skydiving, surfing, and snowboarding
  • Newer sports involving “shooting themes,” such as paintball, Airsoft, and BB gun sports

Common injuries include abrasions, sprains, strains, muscular injuries, broken bones, and head/neck/spine injuries. 

What Types of Legal Remedies are Available for Sporting Injuries?

Most sports injury lawsuits end with a monetary damages award for the injured party. Once liability is determined, the court will determine the amount that should be issued to the plaintiff. This is usually an award intended to cover expenses like medical costs and sometimes rehabilitation/therapy costs. 

In cases involving formally organized sports (such as a city youth sports league), an investigation may result to determine if the league’s standards and policies are acceptable. For instance, an investigation may reveal that a coach was negligent in the way he trained the team, leading to sporting injuries among the players. A finding of this nature may lead to a replacement of the team coach or other remedial measures. 

Is Consent an Issue in Sporting Injury Lawsuits?

One legal issue that arises in many sporting injury lawsuits is the idea of consent. A person or organization cannot be held liable for a risk of injury that the plaintiff previously consented to. Many leagues, sports organizations, and gyms require participants to sign a waiver. This often effectively releases the sponsors from any injuries that occur as a normal part of the game or sport.

On the other hand, sports violence is never tolerated; a lawsuit can be filed if one of the participants goes beyond the boundaries of consent (for instance, fighting or unnecessary roughness). 

Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with a Sporting Injury Lawsuit?

Sporting injury lawsuits can sometimes involve complex legal issues, and they can involve several different parties. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer if you need help filing a sporting injury lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation, which will help throughout the course of the legal proceedings. Also, if you have any specific questions or concerns, your lawyer can help clarify the issue for you.