Your Legal Rights After a Sports Injury
If you choose to play a sport or sign up your child to play a sport, you are expected to realize the inherent potential for injuries that come with athletics. Tears, strains, sprains, and even fractured or broken bones are simply a risk an athlete takes when they choose to engage in almost any type of sport. Under the legal doctrine of assumption of the risk1, by choosing to play a sport, you may not hold others liable for injuries sustained in the regular course of that risky activity under many circumstances.
However, this does not mean that you may never hold another party liable for injuries sustained in sports. In certain situations, Georgia tort law2 allows you to hold a coach, sports league, sports facility, equipment manufacturer, or another party legally responsible for causing your injury. For this reason, you should always consult with an experienced Cumming, Georgia personal injury attorney to discuss a possible case following a sports injury.
When negligence causes sports injuries
In order to hold another party liable for a sports injury, you must be able to show that the party acted negligently and caused your injury. Negligence in sports can include the following:
- Failing to provide adequate safety equipment
- Selling defective equipment
- Improper coaching, including pushing a player beyond their age or skill level
- Not properly supervising younger players
- Sports facilities that are not properly inspected or maintained and have dangerous hazards
- Another player who intentionally inflicts injury during a game (i.e. tripping or assaulting another player)
- Allowing other players to participate after consuming too much alcohol
- Not providing necessary medical attention or encouraging player to continue playing after a suspected injury occurs
Contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have suffered an injury while playing sports and believe that another party’s negligence caused the injury, you should always call an experienced personal injury lawyer in Cumming, GA to see if you have a possible legal claim. An attorney will evaluate the facts of your case and will be able to identify whether negligence was involved and whether you have the legal right to recover. Do not hesitate to call the Cumming, Georgia office of Boling Rice LLC at (770) 887-3162 for a free consultation today.