According to statistics from Johns Hopkins Medicine, over 30 million children and teenagers in the United States engage in some form of organized sports every year. Over 3.5 million injuries will occur each year as a result. These injuries make up over one-third of all childhood injuries, making them the most common types of injuries among children and teens. Common injuries that occur are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Pulled or torn muscles
- Knee injuries
Many parents and guardians wonder who is responsible when a sports injury occurs. Of course, accidents happen when children are playing, but they shouldn’t happen considering the different factors that should be set in place. The injuries above, though they can happen naturally, are often the product of any of the following situations:
- Poor supervision
- Improperly trained employees
- Substandard facilities that pose a hazard
- Little or no on-site emergency services
- Faulty or poorly maintained equipment
Personal injury cases can be pretty difficult to navigate. This is especially true with organized sports mostly because of the “assumption of risk” factor and any liability waivers that may have been signed. While these factors can act as a kind of “red tape” when filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is important to know that you still have rights.
Any of the above injuries could affect a child’s development. The pain and suffering endured could cause a disability that follows them for the rest of their life. Even in the best case scenario, treating these injuries can be very costly and create a heavy burden on a family.
If your child has been injured as a result of a sports injury, don’t wait. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who could help! Contact the law offices of Lombardi and Lombardi today to schedule your case evaluation.
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