The news has been filled with alarming stories of youth, high school, and college football players who have suffered serious injuries and illnesses while on the playing field — some of these have had tragic results. Though some of these instances have baffled medical experts, others have much more clear-cut explanations that point to a lack of sufficient precautions and safeguards being used to protect the players. Though injuries can always happen, and are even to be expected in a fast-moving, hard-hitting game, there is a difference between damage that is the result of a poorly chosen foot placement and those caused by negligence or indifference to the health and well-being of the players. The personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law have a comprehensive understanding of the different types of football injuries that signal negligence. If your child was hurt and you suspect that too little was done to keep them safe, call us today for a free case evaluation.
There are many different injuries that can occur in a football game, but all generally fall into one of four categories. These are:
- Traumatic injuries such as tears to ligaments and knee cartilage or broken bones. Football players who play on poorly maintained or unsafe surfaces are at greater risk for knee injuries, ankle sprains, shoulder injuries and even fractured pelvises.
- Head injuries are extremely common, particularly as players are encouraged to be aggressive on the field. Though many teams are moving towards the use of state-of-the-art helmets meant to reduce the impact of hard hits by adding extra padding and even sensors that indicate high degrees of impact, there are still a record number of concussions being seen.
- Overuse injuries are frequently seen at the beginning of the season and are generally a matter of overtraining.
- Heat injuries are common in the southern regions of the country throughout the football season and in the northern regions during preseason, when players are asked to practice in the late summer’s extreme heat conditions.
Of all the sports played by school-aged children, football accounts for the greatest number of injuries, with nearly one million players being treated by emergency rooms physicians and in other health care settings every year. Though parents’ primary concern is to get their child’s medical needs met, when the immediate urgency of the situation has passed the question must be asked as to whether the team’s coaches and training staff did enough to protect the players. Though parents play a role, it is the team’s responsibility to ensure that players are properly trained and outfitted and that the conditions that they are playing under are safe. If you believe that your child’s injuries are a result of the team failing to fulfill their responsibility of care, then you may be entitled to seek compensation for the damages that they have suffered.
The personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law take the safety of your child very seriously. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss what happened and let us explain how we can help.