You may be surprised to learn that sports injuries that occur under certain circumstances may be considered a valid personal injury claim. A pickup basketball game with your friends from the neighborhood that results in a sprained ankle would not result in a personal injury claim, but if a college or professional basketball star with a promising career were to break an ankle due to a defective basketball shoe, you can bet a personal injury attorney would take that case in a heartbeat.
In spring 2019, Duke University superstar freshman basketball player, Zion Williamson, came crashing down to the floor after less than 35 seconds in a huge game against the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and his Nike PG 2.5 PE basketball shoe broke apart. Thankfully, Zion was not hurt and he was eventually drafted into the NBA, but had he been hurt and had his career been ruined, Nike would have possibly been looking at a multi-million dollar lawsuit because personal injury lawsuits can include damages for lost future wages. Imagine how much Mr. Williamson could have sued for had the shoe malfunction ended his career.
Claims Related to Sports Injuries
You don’t have to be an athletic superstar to file a personal injury claim following a sports injury. A sports injury claim arises due to a reckless or negligent act that results in some type of injury, and some of those circumstances include:
- Failure to provide safety equipment
- Defective safety or sports equipment
- Inadequate supervision of the use of sports equipment
- Failure to recognize the severity of an injury or to respond in an appropriate appropriately and quickly
- Poor coaching—failure to explain certain sports maneuvers accurately and thoroughly
If your child, regardless of age, has suffered a sports injury due to the negligence of a coach or due to faulty equipment, you may have a valid personal injury claim. If it can be established that an act of negligence contributed to the accident and/or injuries, an individual person, an organization, or several parties may be legally liable for your loved one’s injuries. A coach, a school, and the company that manufactured defective equipment may all be named in the personal injury claim.
Types of Sports Injuries and Treatment Options
The types of and severity of sports injuries are numerous. Some of the most common sports injuries include:
- Back injury and pain
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Muscle tears
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Heat stroke
- Heat exhaustion
There are many treatments for sports injuries including:
- On-site fluoroscopically guided lumbar injections
- Transforaminal epidurals
- Selective nerve root blocks
- Facet injections
- Medial branch blocks
- Sacroiliac joint injections
- Hip injections
- Osteopathic manipulation
- Physical therapy
- Assistive devices
- Pain management
These treatments are not inexpensive. If you or your child has suffered a sports injury and your lawyer feels you should proceed with a personal injury claim, you may qualify for compensation to cover any losses you’ve endured including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, future lost wages, and any other expenses directly or indirectly related to your sports injury.