Both men and women of all ages participate in countless sports activities. Whether you’re playing basketball at a local community center or boating on the Coosa River, if you suffer injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to be fairly compensated.
To learn more about your legal rights and whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim, please call The Shelnutt Law Firm at 256-547-4988 to discuss your case for free.
What Is a Sports Injury?
Whether you were participating in an organized or unorganized sporting event, you may be able compensation if your injury was the result of:
- A defective product
- Hazardous property conditions
- The careless actions of another party
Some of the most common sports where injuries occur include:
- Tackle football
- Boating and waterskiing
- Swimming and diving
The most common brain injury in sports is a concussion. There are an estimated 300,000 sports-related concussions in the United States each year, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Brain injuries also cause more deaths than any other sports injury. For example, in football brain injury account for anywhere between 65 and 85 of all fatalities. With concussions, there is also the concern for a repeat injury. Coaches and anyone else who oversees impact sports should be aware of this, and not place athletes at risk for repeat concussions.
If you have suffered a serious injury, you could be eligible for medical and economic compensation for all serious injuries and resulting disabilities, such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Loss of cognitive function
It is common for injured athletes to have signed a liability waiver prior to participating in any sports activity. If you have signed one, don’t assume that this will invalidate your claim. The law requires that the release specify the legal theories being released or waived. This means any reference to "any and all liability" can be argued insufficient because it is too broad or vague. Other times a liability waiver could cover something like negligence but not recklessness, and the release may be invalidated.
At The Shelnutt Law Firm, our experienced lawyers take every case very seriously. We are dedicated to your claim and will fight to recover the damages you deserve. If you or a loved one lives in the Gadsden area and has been seriously injured or killed in a sports accident, please contact our offices online or by phone at 256-547-4988 today.