Obtaining Compensation for Sports Injuries in Sacramento

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April 25, 2019
Edward Smith

Obtaining Compensation for Sports Injuries in Sacramento

Sports injuries can happen in Sacramento at any time. Millions of youngsters and adults end up in the emergency room each year around the country. Personal injuries arise when negligence is the cause of the accident. An analysis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that about 8.6 million injuries occur yearly related to sports. Of that number, about one-third of those injured persons end up hospitalized. Below, we will be exploring the types of sports where injuries are likely to occur and the most common injury types.

Types of Sports That Result in Injuries

Although any sports activity can result in an injury, the following are the most common.

  • Basketball, baseball or softball: Knee injuries occur most commonly when playing basketball. In softball, injuries to the shoulder such as fractures and to the rotator cuff are more likely to occur.
  • Cheerleading: Back and spinal injuries, including fractured vertebrae, and head injuries are common.
  • Football: Serious football injuries include concussions or traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and damage to the neck.
  • Hockey: Broken bones, dislocations, and concussions often occur when playing hockey.
  • Soccer: Injuries to the knees, broken bones and head injuries happen.

How Negligence Causes a Sports Injury

Many sports injuries are not related to negligence. In those, compensation cannot be sought. In a personal injury, the following things must be shown:

  • The person who caused the injury had a duty of care toward the other individual.
  • The person who caused the injury failed in that duty of care.
  • An injury occurred because of that person’s negligence.
  • Monetary loss occurred as a result.

Claims of Negligence

Claims of negligence that result in an injury can arise from different contributing factors. Some of the negligent actions that can contribute to an injury that should not have happened include:

  • Improper training or credentials
  • Improper care of an injured player
  • Inadequate supervision to avoid serious injuries
  • Returning a player to the game too soon after an injury
  • Failure to have adequate rules to safeguard an injured player before being allowed to play once again
  • In boxing, an unequal match between opponents
  • Badly fitted protective gear or inadequate equipment
  • Medical malpractice
  • Not properly screening personnel
  • Poor design or improper maintenance of a playing area
  • Lack of an emergency plan for injuries
  • Improper physicals or screening for health conditions

Obtaining Compensation After a Sports Injury

In some cases, while engaging in a sports activity, the player has to sign a waiver. The waiver states that the player cannot hold someone legally liable in the event of an accident. However, unreasonable behavior that leads to an injury, equipment failure, and other negligent actions may lead to a personal injury claim. A lawyer who is experienced in handling sports injury cases may be able to offer advice on whether or not you have the basis of a claim when you’ve been injured.

Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. Engaging in sports is one of life’s pleasures. Although accident injuries do occur, they should not be because of negligence. If you have suffered an injury due to negligence, call me at (916) 921-6400 for free and friendly advice. I can also be reached at (800) 404-5400 or by using the online form at AutoAccident.com.

I have helped Sacramento residents get the compensation they need and deserve for accident injuries for 37 years. Some areas I work in include wrongful death cases, different types of auto accidents and traumatic brain injuries.

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I am honored to be a member of the Million Dollar Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Membership in the first is reserved for trial lawyers who’ve won more than $1 million for a client. Membership in the NADC is only for lawyers who uphold the highest legal standards.

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