Sacramento has several facilities for recreational and organized sports. Whether it is for children or adults, Sacramento has several different facilities that offer a great way for groups to get together and play sports. But, many people experience severe injuries from sports in Sacramento. 

If you believe you have been injured because of another party’s negligence while playing sports in Sacramento, we recommend that you give our highly rated Sacramento personal injury attorneys a call to discuss your case and to see how you could recover compensation.

In Sacramento, there are dozens of people who are severely injured from sports accidents every year.  Some sports accidents also lead to permanent disabilities and even fatalities. Schedule a call with us today to discuss how you have been injured in your sports accident. Many people in Sacramento think that just because they were playing a sport meant that they assumed all the risks associated with the sport, including severe injuries. But that is not the case. Our Heidari law attorneys have represented sports injury victims for the last several decades in Sacramento, and know how to get justice on your behalf and to hold negligent parties responsible.

Can I file a lawsuit against a school or an organization for my sports injuries in Sacramento?

If your child has experienced an injury at school, or you have been injured while playing sports in an organization, you may have the right to hold them accountable for any injuries and compensation that you are owed. For example, schools and organizations could be held accountable for injuries that are not inherent. Inherent injuries are those types of injuries that a player considers when playing a sport.

Examples of inherent injuries include:

  • Bumping into other players
  • Fainting from dehydration if you do not stay hydrated
  • Hitting another player if you were not paying attention
  • Suffering a sprained ankle in sports that deal with kicking, such as football or soccer
  • Shoulder dislocations in sports like football
  • Tennis elbow, which is considered epicondylitis, which is an overuse of the elbow, commonly associated with tennis or racquetball
  • Shin strains is also very common among soccer players

Above are some inherent injury examples. But this does not necessarily mean that all types of injuries are expected. There are injuries like traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries that are not inherent in the sport itself. In that case, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.

What causes sports injury accidents in Sacramento?

An unsafe environment when playing sports could lead to injuries and accidents. Children and older adults are more prone to experiencing severe injuries compared to other parties. There are different ways an accident could occur, for example:

  • Improper coaching: coaches have a duty to make sure that all the teammates and players are properly coached. This means that all players should be encouraged to play fairly, and tour refrain from intentional aggressive behavior on the field. All players should also be discouraged from smoking and drinking prior to playing. In the event of an incident, all players must know of a proper protocol and steps to take to ensure that the accident is addressed.
  • Defective sports equipment: all product manufacturers in Sacramento have a responsibility to make sure that the products they manufacture are free from any defects. This includes design defects, manufacturing defects, and warning defects. When a sports equipment has a defect that causes injuries, the manufacturer could be held responsible for creating such dangerous sporting equipment and placing it in the stream of commerce. This is filed under a product liability lawsuit. For more information on product liability, we encourage you to contact us today. 
  • Dangerous fields: fields, courts, and indoor facilities should always be maintained and inspected for any dangerous hazards. For example, if the field is slippery from recent rains, the property owners or property managers must take the necessary steps to reschedule the game or practice or make the field safe to prevent slip and fall injuries. This falls under a premises liability accident since it holds the property owners responsible for their negligent actions. A property owner, under Sacramento law, must take all steps to make their property safe for visitors.
  • Poor weather conditions: poor weather conditions could also play a key role in causing sports injuries. In the event that there are poor weather conditions, and the coach or team management pushes to still have practice, they could be held responsible for any injuries that result. Poor weather conditions include rain and snow.
  • Dehydrated players: all players must be hydrated, and access to water should be provided to all players. In the event that players are not given their proper breaks, and do not have access to water or juice, dehydration could result, which could lead to brain injuries.

Injuries Common From Sports Accidents

Sports accidents could lead to minor injuries, to major injuries that could leave the player disabled. Some examples could include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • ACL strain
  • ACL tears
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Broken bones 
  • Muscle strains

Could I receive compensation for my sports injuries in Sacramento?

Yes, you could hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries. But, there are several different types of compensation you could receive depending on the circumstances. For example, you could receive:

  • Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages are those that compensate injured parties for their pain and suffering. Pain and suffering are considered the emotional toll that an injury takes on a sports injury accident victim. For example, examples of pain and suffering include mental anguish, depression, and anxiety, along with low self-esteem that could result from sports injuries. This is very common among those who have been injured from sports injuries since many players experience low self-confidence after being told they are not allowed to play from their injuries.
  • Economic damages: Economic damages are those that could be easily calculated, and are the monetary losses associated with the sports injuries. For example, economic damages include physical therapy, lost wages, and property damage. Another important type of economic damage is lost income. Lost income takes into consideration the future of the player. For example, if the sports player was a professional player and had a contract to play in the future, they could recover the loss in income. 

Sacramento Sports Injury Lawyer

Sports injuries can get very complex, especially because a player may think that they have no right to file a lawsuit, or the responsible party may point their finger at the player stating that they knew the injuries that could have resulted. It takes an aggressive and experienced sports injury attorney to stand up against responsible parties and hold them accountable for their actions. There are injuries that are inherent in sports, but, there are actions that could make injuries worse, such as improper training.

For more information, and to look at your specific case in depth, we recommend that you contact us for a one-on-one consultation. Our case evaluations offer a great way for accident victims to look into the circumstances of their incident to narrow down who the responsible party could be.