Americans, and Texans in particular, love their sports. Not only are sports a great form of exercise, they also serve as a popular form of entertainment and as a forum for teaching teamwork and other life lessons to youth and children. Despite the fun, however, sports represent a serious opportunity for injury.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), Americans suffered over 2.7 million sports-related injuries in 2020. The top categories for injury were bicycle, exercise equipment, ATV, and skateboard-related accidents. However, team sports such as basketball, football, soccer, and baseball also recorded significant numbers of injuries.
Types of Sports Injuries
Common sports-related injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury. Contact and collision sports such as football and basketball create opportunities for head injuries and traumatic brain injury. Concussions are common and can lead to long term health issues.
- Ankle injury. Ankle injuries, especially sprains, are extremely common in numerous sports including football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball. The Achilles tendon is especially prone to sports injury.
- Knee injury. One of the most common sports-related knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. The ACL is one of the four major ligaments, and can require surgery when severely injured.
- Shoulder injury. Shoulder injuries such as damaged rotator cuffs are common in sports with repetitive motions such as swimming, tennis, and baseball.
- Elbow injury. Commonly referred to as “tennis elbow” or “little league elbow” , overuse of the elbow from repetitive sports movements can lead to chronic inflammation.
- Dental injury. Common in contact sports, dental injuries can include tooth being knocked out, cracked, or fractured.
When Can I Get Compensation for a Sports Injury?
Participation in any sporting activity carries with it some degree of inherent risk. The law recognizes this risk under the doctrine of “assumption of risk”. This risk assumption is often documented by a waiver or consent form parents are required to sign prior to children engaging in youth sports. Even where you have signed such a waiver, however, If you or your child has been injured in a sports-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Sports-injury related lawsuits can be brought under a number of circumstances, including:
- Intentional Acts. If a participant intentionally injures another player, especially if the action is against the rules or norms of play.
- Reckless behavior. Where injury is caused by reckless acts of another, even if not intentional.
- Negligence. If a coach, owner, manager, or other responsible party places an athlete in an unreasonably dangerous situation.
- Product liability. Where the injury is the result of faulty or defective equipment.
Any successful claim for compensation due to a sports injury will require evidence. This evidence can include:
- Medical records. Not only is receiving timely and proper medical care necessary to protect your health, but the records of that treatment are the best evidence of your injuries and their relation to the sporting event where you were injured. This can be crucial in an insurance settlement or legal proceeding.
- Photo and video. Photographic and video recordings of the accident scene and the injuries can be very useful in a sports injury lawsuit. You can document this evidence yourself or seek recordings from other bystanders or press in attendance.
- Witness statements. Where possible, gather the statement and contact information of any witnesses to the sports accident that resulted in your injury.
Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to damages including past and future medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and in some cases punitive damages.
How a Sports Injury Lawyer Can Help You
If you or your child has been injured in a sports-related accident, please contact the experienced lawyers at Ananin, Chermol, Khattar, Fishman, PLLC. Call us at (866) MY1LAWYER or head to 1Lawyer.com and fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and get help as soon as possible.