Fall Sports and Injuries to Look Out For
America is a country that loves its sports, and that love goes far beyond being a spectator. From adults who are weekend warriors to our children who engage in school and extra-curricular athletic activities, we are out there on running tracks, soccer fields, football stadiums, and swimming pools. The general consensus is that sport is good for both our physical and mental health, but that notion ignores the fact that engaging in physical activity is not without risk. From aches and pains to concussions and fractures, engaging in sports can have painful outcomes. Though some sports injuries are a matter of bad luck, others can be clearly traced to carelessness or negligence, and that means that those who should have been exercising greater care can be held liable for the damage that’s been done. As summer winds down and we head into fall sports season, here is some valuable information on what sports injuries our kids are most vulnerable to, and what steps can be taken to prevent them. With 30 million kids involved in organized sports and 3.5 million injuries, you need this information. If your child suffers an injury and you suspect that negligence on the part of another person or entity may have been involved, call the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to see how we can help.
Sports related injuries can range from bumps and bruises to catastrophic injuries that lead to traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and even death. Fall sports include soccer, football, cross-country running, field hockey, and crew. Though football is responsible for the greatest number of emergency room visits among U.S, athletes, each sport that’s played can leave the kids who play them vulnerable to injury if schools or organizations are not taking the proper precautions. These injuries can include:
- Muscle strains
- Sprained joints
- Broken or fractured bones
- Torn ligaments
- Eye injuries
- Concussion or other head trauma
- Heat exhaustion
The body parts that are most likely to be injured are the ankle, the head, the finger, the knee, and the face, and if an injury is bad enough to require medical attention, then at the very least it means that a child is experiencing pain and discomfort and that medical expenses will be incurred. The worst case scenario can be tragic.
When a child is injured playing sports and you believe that negligence is to blame, then it is important that you take action on your child’s behalf immediately. Whether a question of a school or league being insufficiently careful or the actions of an individual coach, your child may be eligible to receive compensation for their medical costs as well as for the loss of any physical ability or future potential. Even if you were required to sign a consent form that waives the sport organization’s liability, you should consult with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney from Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to determine whether inappropriate actions or non-standard conduct played a role. We are here to help.