It will surprise nobody that serious injuries often occur due to sports incidents. However, most people never think they will need a Dallas sports injury attorney. If you or somebody you love has been harmed in a sports accident that was caused by somebody else’s negligence, seek legal assistance from Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC today. We pledge to investigate all aspects of the incident in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
In general, when an adult plays a sport, whether for fun with friends or with a recreational league, they are taking what is known as an “assumption of risk.” This means that the adult knows that there are certain dangers involved with the activity they are participating in. Most sports do have risks, and an adult may even be asked to sign a waiver of liability before they are allowed to play, absolving others of liability in the event an injury occurs.
Most minors (those under the age of 18) involved in sports do so within the confines of school or recreational league activities. In these cases, a parent will almost always be asked to sign a consent form allowing their child to be involved in the sport even though they know there are certain risks of injuries involved.
Most sports injuries are accidents and fall under the “assumed risk” that the injured individual decided to take (or that a parent allowed their children to take). However, assumed risk or a waiver of liability may not apply if a sports injury is caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions. The assumed risk or a waiver of liability will also not apply if a sports injury is caused by an intentional action specifically targeting another person.
In sports, some examples of intentional actions that could cause an injury include:
Sports leagues or schools could also be held liable if they failed to provide players with the necessary equipment for the sport in question. It is vital that all equipment is regularly inspected and in proper working order.
Much attention has been focused on concussions over the last few years in the United States, particularly how these injuries can affect children and teens involved in contact sports. There are approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions that occur each year in the US. It is vital that schools and recreation leagues have proper concussion protocols in place to ensure prompt treatment for these injuries. Concussion injuries are cumulative, meaning that if a player sustains another concussion before properly healing from the first one, the potential for serious brain trauma increases significantly.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury while participating in sports activities, and the negligence of another person caused the injury, seek legal assistance immediately. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we are going to investigate every aspect of what happened so we can secure the compensation you need. This could include coverage of all medical bills related to the injury, any lost wages you incur, as well as pain and suffering damages. When you need a Dallas sports injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 214-295-2900.