Sports injuries are exactly what they sound like: Injuries suffered while a person is playing a sport. Some injuries, such as tennis elbow, occur due to the person overusing the body part. That is just life and does not give rise to a lawsuit.
Other injuries may be due to the negligence or intentional conduct of another person. For example, if one player intentionally trips another one, causing that player to fall and break a leg, that action may be the basis of legal action.
Sporting injury lawsuits present difficult issues. Some courts say you knew the risk of injury when you agreed to play. You may have signed an agreement acknowledging the risk of an injury and agreeing not to bring a lawsuit if you are injured. Even so, there may be a basis for a lawsuit under two different legal theories:
Negligence: There are many situations where the negligent action of a coach or other player may be the cause of an injury that would not have occurred absent the negligent act or negligent failure to act.
Intentional “wanton or willful” conduct: An example of this is when a football player uses excessive force to knock down his opponent in a way designed to cause an injury. One player starting a fight with another who suffers an injury may also give rise to a damages claim.
If you have suffered a sports injury due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to collect for all of your medical costs, lost wages and any other expenses you incurred due to the injury. If the injury was the result of intentional “wanton or willful” conduct, you may also be awarded punitive damages to punish the perpetrator for the wrongful conduct.
If you have suffered a sports injury, you need the services of my firm, Exclusively Injury Law. I have the experience you need and am committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for all of my clients.