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Organized sports has played a memorable role in many people’s lives, whether they participate in youth or adult leagues. While playing sports carries many benefits, it also carries some risks. Anyone who plays a sport is at risk of getting injured. While some sports injuries do not require much in the way of treatment or recuperation time, other injuries require substantial medical intervention and lengthy recovery times. If you are injured while playing a sport and another party acted recklessly or negligently, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your losses with the help of an experienced sports injury lawyer.

What Constitutes a Sports Injury?

A sports injury refers to any type of injury experienced by a person while participating in sporting activities. These injuries are often divided into categories — injuries caused by traumatic collisions and injuries caused by the overuse of a body part. Many lawsuits involving sports injuries involve traumatic collisions rather than overuse.

The Role of Assumption of the Risk in Sports Injuries

A sports injury refers to any type of injury experienced by a person while participating in sporting activities. These injuries are often divided into categories — injuries caused by traumatic collisions and injuries caused by the overuse of a body part. Many lawsuits involving sports injuries involve traumatic collisions rather than overuse.

It is critical to understand, however, that people do not assume the risk of any and all sports-related injuries. Some common exceptions to assumption of the risk include:

  • A player can be held accountable if his or her negligence directly caused someone else’s injuries. Successfully demonstrating a negligence case requires establishing that the responsible party had a duty of care, breached this duty, that as a result of the breach the victim was harmed, and that damages exist. Most often these examples arise when players fail to follow safety regulations.
  • An entity can be found accountable for an injury if it willfully or wantonly caused the accident. The level of force that is exerted in these cases must exceed the normal force that is used in the sport.
  • If defective or faulty sporting equipment cause the sporting injury, then the accident victim might have a claim against the equipment owner or manufacturer.

To limit the chances of ending up accountable for sports injuries, some places make participants sign waivers of liability. These contractual agreements are designed to limit the liability of one party. With some exceptions, Maryland courts tend to uphold liability waivers. If you sign a liability release before participating in a sporting event, Maryland law can prevent you from obtaining compensation. In 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals held that parents can enter into liability waivers on behalf of their children. As a result, a child who was injured in a sporting event or activity would be unable to pursue compensation if a parent signed a liability waiver on his or her behalf beforehand.

Common Types of Sports Injuries

Some of the most common types of sports injuries include:

Holding Parties Responsible for Sports Injuries

If a sports injury was the result of an accident, it is often impossible to collect compensation from the people responsible. If a sporting accident was caused by negligence, however, it is possible to pursue compensation against a responsible party. Some of the parties that are most commonly held responsible for sports accidents include:

  • Coaches. Some coaches act negligently by pushing athletes beyond their skill or physical ability. Failing to properly supervise sports or pushing athletes too roughly can lead to serious injuries.
  • Equipment manufacturers. Companies who make sporting goods have a duty to produce and sell equipment that is reasonably safe for its intended use.
  • Medical trainers or staff. Sometimes, medical staff fails to provide injured athletes with adequate care.
  • Other sports players. If another athlete intentionally or recklessly causes injury to someone else during a sporting event, this athlete can be held responsible.
  • School districts. Sometimes the entities tasked with running organized sporting events fail to adequately supervise athletes, do not provide adequate safety equipment, fail to provide sufficient medical care to injured athletes, or allow deadly hazards to exist on playing fields.

Speak with an Experienced Sporting Accident Attorney Today

Sports injuries can change the lives of victims forever. If someone else was responsible for causing these injuries, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help. Contact Henderson Law today to schedule a free case evaluation.

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