Sports Injuries

Over the last few years, sports injuries have come into public eye in a dramatic way. Recently, the NFL settled a series of lawsuits for $765 million with the NFL Players Association related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (commonly known as CTE), a disease caused by repeated brain trauma (concussions) with symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s. The lawsuit alleged that the NFL knowingly covered-up information integral to player safety and awareness.

The NCAA is also dealing with a lawsuit with a proposed $70 million settlement for concussion testing, brain injury research and diagnosis for current and former NCAA student-athletes. In addition, the NCAA has proposed stricter guidelines for its student-athletes to be allowed to return to games once a possible concussion has occurred, including baseline concussion testing, physician’s approval before being allowed to return to the game, and establishing a clear process for the reporting of concussions.

Injuries aren’t just limited to the NFL and NCAA. Across the United States, injuries happen in sports leagues every day. Some of these injuries aren’t severe, but others can cause severe or permanent damage. You may be entitled to compensation, even if you’ve signed a waiver for your son or daughter to play in a sports league. Eligibility varies and may be based on the language used in the agreement between the child’s family and the school.

Types of Sports Injuries Lawsuits

Sports injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to permanent brain damage, paralysis, or even death. The medical bills and emotional trauma from more severe or permanent injuries can be overwhelming. Depending on the circumstances involved, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.

What do the Lawsuits Claim?

  1. Inadequate Safety Measures

A school or organization has the obligation to provide a safe environment to ensure the likelihood of injuries is low. In some cases, the equipment provided or mandated may not have been adequate to protect a child from unnecessary injuries.

  1. Facilities Were Not Maintained

In addition to proper equipment, facilities must be maintained to ensure safety for its participants. For example, padding underneath/behind basketball goal systems to prevent hard contact with walls can provide protection against possible concussions and other injuries.

  1. Improper Supervision

Those running sports programs need to be trained and prepared for any situation that could likely occur. For example, denying football players water or rest breaks away from sunny areas on a 105 degree afternoon could significantly increase the likelihood of heat stroke.

What if I Signed a Waiver?

Even a signed a waiver doesn’t remove all liability from the school or organization responsible for your child’s safety. Depending on the wording of the waiver and your child’s degree of compliance, you could still be entitled to compensation for your child’s injuries. Even if you signed a waiver, we highly encourage you to contact us using the form on this page to see if you have a case.

Filing a Lawsuit

Contact us using the form on this page and we will provide a free case review. If you are eligible, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf. There are no upfront costs to you, and we receive payment only upon a successful settlement or verdict.

How to File

If you or a loved one experienced a serious, severe or permanent injury while playing organized sports, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the sports injury lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out our free contact form on this page.

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