Sports concussions are one of the most serious types of sports injuries. They result from being struck in the head, and can lead to conditions such as:
- Dizziness or nausea;
- Loss of memory;
- Loss of conscious;
- “Foggy brain”; and/or
- Various long term effects.
Sports concussion can happen in any sport, but they are especially common in contact sports and extreme sports. Some examples of situations that might result in a sports concussion include:
- Getting struck in the head (for instance, in a boxing or kickboxing match);
- Getting struck in the head by a ball, bat, paddle, racket, or other implement;
- Colliding with another participant head-on;
- Colliding head-first into a wall, barrier, or other stationary object; or
- Falling from a high height (for instance, falling from a skateboard ramp).
Who can be Held Liable for Sports Concussion Injuries?
In many cases, participants in sports activities consent to the activities they perform, and often sign a waiver releasing other parties from liability for injuries. However, depending on the circumstances, various parties can still be held liable for sports concussion injuries. For instance, if another participant’s conduct was negligent or reckless, or outside the confines of the sport’s rules, they may be held liable for injuries caused by their actions. An example of this is if a participant in a kickboxing match uses an illegal strike to hit their opponent, causing a concussion.
In other cases, coaches or instructors can be held liable for concussion injuries if they negligent supply wrong instructions. They may also be held liable if they force a sports contestant to act outside of their skill level or outside of their physical capabilities.
Lastly, some concussion injuries can be the result of a defective sports equipment or product. In such cases, the manufacturer of the equipment might be held liable for concussion injuries under a product defect theory.
Are there any Legal Remedies for Sports Concussion Injuries?
Sports concussion injuries may lead to legal action. In such cases, the legal remedy will often be a monetary damages award issued to the injured party. The damages may cover losses like hospital expenses, medication costs, any costs of surgeries, lost wages, and other losses.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Sports Concussion Injury Lawsuit?
Sports concussion injuries can lead to serious medical conditions, and may require legal action. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with guidance during the process, and can help you with court meetings.