Athletes who play contact sports such as football, rugby, and hockey do so with the knowledge that they are likely to suffer some sort of injuries. In fact, more than 3.5 million children receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. While the sporting industry has made a big push in recent years to promote helmet-wearing and the seriousness of brain injuries, it doesn't change the fact that they are still one of the most common injuries occurring in athletes today.
Unfortunately, brain injuries that occur after a sporting event are infinitely more complex than those that transpire as a result of a car or workplace accident. Who is responsible? Can you still file a personal injury claim following the sporting event? Keep reading to learn more about this much-debated subject.
SPORTS INJURIES AND LIABILITY ISSUES
Because brain injuries are so common for athletes, schools or organizations require players to sign a liability form. This essentially states that if an injury does occur, the organization cannot be held responsible for the accident.
However, if the athletic organization did not have correct safety equipment, failed to properly train the players, or was without emergency medical care, you may be able to sue the organization. Insurance adjusters need to see clear proof that the organization was responsible for the injuries.
While it can be challenging to file a lawsuit, the rewards are well worth the lengthy process. If you win, the responsible party may be required to pay some or all of the medical bills, compensate for your pain and suffering, and even reimburse you for any lost wages.
Our firm knows the pain and heartache that can come from a brain injury, even if it occurred during a sporting event. We want to help you pursue compensation that could truly make a positive difference in your future.