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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. While some of these activities can be leisurely, they can also be associated with various risks of injuries and accidents that can occur during the course of play.

In some cases, these injuries can be serious or severe, especially for activities that involve higher degrees of skill or more demanding playing conditions.

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 can 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
  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Concussions

Some sports and recreational accidents can involve injuries to many people at one time. This can happen for instance in cases involving equipment failure or other similar issues.

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 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 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.

A person who sustains a sports injury may sometimes be able to 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:

  • Duty (the defendant owed a duty of care to the injured party, such as the duty to follow the sports rules)
  • Breach of duty (the defendant breached the duty, such as when they violate rules of play)
  • Causation (the defendant was the actual cause of the person’s injuries)
  • Damages (the person’s injuries can be calculated into monetary amounts)

A plaintiff would have to prove each element to win the lawsuit. For instance, if a basketball player breaches their duty to follow safety rules during play, they may be held liable for injuries if their conduct caused the injuries and the injuries were measurable and calculable.

Do I Need a Lawyer If I Suffered a Recreational or Sports Injury?

You may need to 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. If you have any questions, your attorney can provide you with advice for your case.

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Last Modified: 07-24-2018 11:47 PM PDT

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