Although sports injuries are sometimes inevitable, there are situations in which injuries could have been prevented had measures been taken by responsible parties that would have kept the athlete safe. Whether these injuries occur in youth sports, on school teams or in recreational leagues, there are typically governing or other responsible organizations that have a legal duty to ensure the safety of their athletes. If it can be proven that sports injuries occurred as a direct result of a responsible party’s negligence, then the injured party may have a right to pursue financial compensation for their damages by filing a personal injury claim.
While certain sports or athletes may be more prone to injuries than others, the key element in sports injury cases is establishing negligence or breach of duty. Negligence may involve any of the following:
- Failure to provide protective equipment
- Allowing an injured athlete to play, causing more serious medical consequences
- Inadequate protective equipment
- Poorly maintained fields or equipment
- Playing in hazardous or dangerous conditions, including excessive heat (common in Arizona)
- Inappropriate workouts or training in relation to an athlete’s ability level
- Abusive, unlicensed, negligent, or improperly trained coaches
Even if you signed a liability waiver, there are still situations in which the irresponsible party may be held liable for any damages incurred. By conducting thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding you or your loved one’s sports injury, our personal injury lawyers may be able to build a case that supports your claim of negligence.
Contact Attorney Cary Ray Lundberg at Mohave Law, PLLC, now, to discuss your sports injury case and potential legal actions available to you. Call us anytime, at (928) 263-2026.