Each year, more than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are treated for sports injuries. Although 60% of these injuries occur during practice, some parents and coaches don’t take the same safety precautions at practice as they do during a game.
In full contact sports like football or hockey, injuries happen more frequently and are more severe. In 2015, 11 U.S. high school football players died, some directly related to on-the-field incidents.
If your child is injured in the normal course of participating in a sport, then the assumption of risk doctrine will likely make it more difficult for you to hold anyone else responsible. This doctrine holds that anyone who participates in a sport assumes certain dangers that are inherent in that sport.
Although lawsuits having to do with sports injuries are rare, in certain circumstances liability can be imposed, especially if it can be proven that the injuries were the result of intentional infliction of harm or negligence.
For example, if a player violates the rules of a game and purposely injures another player, the injured player may be able to charge the other player with battery. Consequently, the player who violated the rules may be liable for the other player's damages.
Other examples of negligence can include:
- Unsafe facilities
- Unsafe equipment
- Lack of a competent coach (negligent supervising or training)
- Forcing an injured player to play
- Moving an injured player unsafely
- Allowing mismatched players to play
- Noncompliance with Workers Compensation laws
- Failing to certify a player's physical condition
- Manufacturing unsafe equipment
If your child is injured while participating in a school sport, you should be aware that, as a governmental entity, school districts cannot generally be sued for a personal injury. Every government entity has a procedure in place for personal injury claims and you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney for assistance.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an accident, our Texas personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.