Sports Injury

There is plenty to love about organized athletics — people who play sports enjoy better physical and mental health, as well as ties to strong social networks. Unfortunately, athletics also carry a myriad of risks that can lead to devastating injuries and long-lasting emotional trauma.

Statistics compiled by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics indicate that over 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are hurt playing sports every year. Meanwhile, high school athletics prompt an annual estimated 2 million injuries and 30,000 hospitalizations. Far too often, these injuries occur outside the typical realm of athletics and purely due to negligence involving coaching, equipment, or facilities. Few victims speak up — and it’s time for that to change.

Common Sports Injuries

From muscle strains to concussions, athletes suffer a variety of injuries. These vary somewhat from one sport to the next, but the following are shockingly common:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • ACL tears
  • Ulnar collateral ligament tears
  • Kneecap dislocations
  • Vertebrae fractures

Many athletes suffer multiple injuries over the course of their careers. One injury may lead to others, especially if athletes are not granted a proper recovery period. Eventually, these injuries may end players’ athletic ambitions altogether — and prompt a world of suffering outside of sports.

Sports Injury Causes

Athletic injuries typically fall under one of two main categories: acute or chronic. Acute injuries occur suddenly and unexpectedly, often due to high-impact motions or awkward landings. Chronic injuries may follow repeated overuse of specific muscles or joints, particularly if the athlete demonstrates a lackluster technique. Issues such as poor coaching or improper facilities maintenance can increase the potential for injury. Other common causes include:

  • Insufficient warm-ups prior to playing
  • Protective equipment malfunctions
  • Standing water on courts or other athletic facilities
  • Incorrect installation or maintenance of artificial turf

Spectators can also be vulnerable to sports injuries. Stray hockey pucks, baseballs, or soccer balls can strike fans, especially in poorly-designed facilities.

Why Should I Contact a Sports Injury Lawyer?

If you or a loved one was injured while participating in organized athletics, you might be eligible for significant damages. A skilled sports lawyer can help you determine whether negligence played a role in your injury — and if so, how to maximize remuneration.

Even seemingly minor injuries can hold lifelong consequences. You deserve to be compensated accordingly — and the right sports attorney can make that happen. Your attorney can help you recover damages related to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of wages
  • Pain and suffering

Why Morgan & Morgan?

The sports attorneys of Morgan & Morgan are aware of the role negligence plays in modern athletics. We also understand the role everyday negligence can play in long-term suffering. With a long track record and focused approach to personal injury, we can fight for your rights better than anyone else. Our resources, reputation, and personable family-oriented position means you’ll be getting the best possible service and results. And, we never charge hourly – you only pay us if we win. Get the representation you deserve with Morgan & Morgan. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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