Sports Injury Attorney
Injured while playing a sport? An experienced attorney may be able to help you get compensation.
A sports injury attorney can help you if you’ve been injured in the course of your athletic pursuits. A sports injury occurs when an athlete sustains an injury from playing sports, and it can happen to anyone who participates in sports at any level, from the most elite professional athletes to casual gym-goers. While most people understand that participating in any sport carries with it the risk of getting hurt, such injuries are not always considered preventable or unavoidable. Some injuries occur because of improper safety equipment or lack thereof, while others might be caused by another player’s negligence or recklessness.
Assumed Risk in Sports
Depending on the situation, if you are injured due to someone else’s actions during a sporting event, you may be able to seek compensation for the injury via a personal injury lawsuit. However, sports injuries are different from many other forms of personal injury claims as there is an assumed level of risk that an athlete takes by participating in a sport. In most cases, the assumption of risk can prevent an injured athlete from suing anyone else for their injuries, but there are a number of exceptions to this assumption of risk.
While most sports injuries are accidental, some injuries can be the result of negligence or malice. Victims who suffered sports injuries that result from negligence by the sport’s governing league, gyms, schools, coaches, or malice from other athletes may be entitled to recover compensation for the damages they suffered as a result of the injury.
Common Causes of Injuries in Sports
The most common causes of injuries in sports can be generally separated into three categories: environmental, internal and external.
- Environmental factors encompass things like footing, weather conditions, and other elements related to location.
- Internal causes relate to a person’s physical condition. For example, an athlete with poor flexibility is at greater risk for a sports injury because his or her range of motion is limited compared to that of a more flexible athlete. The same goes for poor playing technique.
- External factors include equipment deficiencies, negligent coaching practices, failure to remove dangerous hazards from playing field or facility grounds, lack of emergency plan for sports injuries, failure to recognize signs of heat exhaustion, poorly trained referees, or a lack of appropriate supervision for the sporting event. For example, if players are injured because they stepped in a gopher hole at a local soccer field, the owner of the field may be able to be held responsible for negligence in maintaining the field’s safe and proper playing conditions.
What Are Common Sports Injuries?
With more than 700,000 concussions in sports and recreation activities treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2010 alone, sports injuries are quite common in America. According to some estimates, more than half of all athletes will sustain a serious sports injury during their time as competing athlete, Sports-related falls accounted for over 200,000 ER visits that year as well.
Examples of common sports injures includes:
- Sprains and strains – common types of sports injuries that occur when ligaments and tendons are overstretched or torn.
- Concussions – a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow or jolt to your head.
- Fractures – with the force involved in many contact sports, broken bones are not all that uncommon with sports injuries.
- Meniscus tears – knee injuries resulting from damage to one of two C-shaped pieces of cartilage located on either side of your knee joint.
- ACL/MCL tears – Knee ligament tears involve damage to the structures of the knee joint and are often serious enough injuries to warrant surgery.
Why Should I Hire a Sports Injury Lawyer?
Most often, sports injuries are not life-threatening and have a quick recovery time. However, they can still be extremely painful and debilitating during their healing process. In cases like these, having an experienced attorney working on your behalf can help ensure that you’re compensated for your lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and other costs related to your injury.
For example, if you suffer a broken leg during a sporting event and there is a dispute over how it happened or who was at fault, then it could be worth speaking with a lawyer about whether or not you have a case for personal injury.
Damages Awarded in Sports Injury Lawsuits
For a valid sports injury claim, a victim can receive compensation for a number of damages which can include things such as:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Loss of companionship
- Wrongful death
- Lost wages
- Punitive damages (if applicable)
What is a Typical Settlement Amount for a Sports Injury?
The amount of compensation received through a settlement really depends on the type of injury suffered and the severity of damages caused by the injury. For example, if you tore your ACL and need surgery to repair it, then you’ll want to hire an attorney who can negotiate with all parties involved so that they pay enough money to cover the costs of the damages.
If you’re in doubt, then you can always consult with an attorney on how much they think your case could be worth. No two cases are alike, so there’s no way of telling exactly how much someone should expect to get.
Contact an Experienced Sports Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on an athletic field, it’s important to consult with a sports injury attorney to find out if you have a case. With years of experience representing both players and coaches, Heidari Law Group can help you determine how to move forward when a sports injury occurs. Contact one of our office in California or Nevada today for a free case evaluation.