Sports injuries can happen to just about anybody who participates in sports. Children and youth athletes are at a particularly high risk for sports-related injuries, because they’re typically playing sports more often than your average adult. Whether your child was injured in a school game or you suffered a sports injury in your adult league, a good personal injury attorney with proven sports injury case experience can be an essential part of your recovery team. Some of the more common types of sports injuries are listed below.
Common Types of Sports Injuries
- Bone fractures
- Muscle strains
- Facial injuries
- Brain injury
- Neck and spinal injuries
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Youth Sports Injuries
We’ve all known a kid who has been sidelined for a sports related injury. In most cases, those injuries might be mild to moderate. Sometimes, it just takes a little time off and rest to recover from the more minor sprains and strains associated with athletic endeavors. Unfortunately, there are also more serious cases that involve catastrophic injuries and children, pre-teens and teens. Concussions, head injuries and spinal cord injuries can have a long-lasting impact on a child’s cognitive development, mental health and mobility. Not all sports injuries are created equal. Some can be career ending, and some can be life ending. When a youth sports injury occurs, it’s critical to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. Listed below are some common causes of sports injuries.
Potential Causes of Sports Injuries
- Defective equipment
- Improper playing surface
- Lack of warm-up/cool-down routine
- Unsafe facility
- Improperly fitted safety gear
- Lack of safety gear
- Unqualified coaches
- Inappropriate matching of age, size and skill level
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Sports Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Sports injuries that occur to the head and face can be particularly devastating. Football is notoriously well known for having a high amount of concussions and other head injuries associated with certain positions. As new research emerges about concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, we’re learning that small chronic hits to the head can be just as damaging, if not more damaging, than singular head injury events. Not all school systems and youth athletic programs have appropriate and safe protocols into place regarding the evaluation and treatment of concussion incidents. If your child has suffered from a concussion or any kind of blow to the head during football or another sport, immediate medical evaluation is necessary.
Liability in Sports Injuries
After any kind of catastrophic sports injury, it’s important to figure out exactly what happened to see if the injury could have been prevented. In some cases, there could have been defective equipment or outdated safety gear. There are so many different factors to evaluate after any catastrophic sports injury. Were the coaches qualified, well-trained and certified to do their jobs safely and effectively? Were students pushed past safe limits? Was appropriate safety gear in place? Were children appropriately matched in size and age groups? If you’re having questions about liability surrounding your child’s injury, you should speak with a personal injury attorney who has sports injury case experience to get the ball rolling on your case.
Catastrophic Injuries and Wrongful Death in Sports
Catastrophic injuries that happen in sports should always be thoroughly investigated, especially where youth athletes are concerned. If a child is irreparably harmed while playing sports, it’s essential to find out how and why. In cases where a child or an adult dies playing a sport, it may be necessary to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If negligence or willful dangerous conduct caused your child or a loved one to become catastrophically injured, you deserve to recover compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with the injury.
Jackson Sports Injuries Lawyer
Nobody expects to be sidelined for life by a sports injury. Youth sports programs have a duty to ensure all equipment, facilities and coaches are safe and do not cause children to be in harm’s way during their athletic endeavors. If you suspect negligence was a factor in your child’s sports injury, you should call a personal injury lawyer with your concerns immediately. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help get to the bottom of what happened on the field, and he or she can help to ensure you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills after the injury.
If you have been injured while playing a sport or if your child suffered a sports injury due to somebody else’s dangerous or negligent behavior in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.