Sports and extracurricular activities are an important part of a child's development. Children often learn more than simply the sport or game in which they are participating. Playing sports at a young age can teach sharing, problem-solving, social skills and team work. However, the most important part of child sports is ensuring the adolescents are safe.
Coaches, facilities, and the proper, well-maintained equipment play a critical role in keeping the child players safe during sporting events and practice. Children should have a safe sporting experienced, and it's up to the coaches and organizations to make sure that happens. However, children often do get hurt while participating in organized sports. If your child was wrongfully injured while playing sports, contact a personal injury attorney.
Accidents can happen in sports, but precautions should be taken to help keep your child safe. If there was a problem or a potential issue that was not solved, it could be considered negligence. If your child was injured while playing sports, he or she should not have to suffer for the negligence of another. As a parent, you should not have to pay.
Contact an experienced child sports injury attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. The legal team is comprised of an experienced and aggressive attorney who is more than willing to stand up to those responsible. James Coulter is a dedicated attorney that will work with you to get the best possible compensation for your case. If you choose to file suit, they will work with your through every litigation step.
Call (321) 586-9944 to speak to a personal injury attorney. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter represents clients throughout Brevard County, Orange County, Volusia County, Seminole County, Indian River County and Osceola County. This includes the communities of Melbourne, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Titusville, Vero Beach, West Melbourne, Port St. Lucie, Satellite Beach and Cocoa Beach.
Injuries are expected with any sport. Whether it is football or basketball, a child could have a minor injury at some point. However, when your child begins playing an organized sport, you assume precautions have been taken to help ensure your child's safety. For example, if your child plays basketball, you expect the court would be cleaned and clear of any obstructions that could cause a fall.
Some of the most common child sports injuries include:
Most organized sports programs have guidelines that should be followed for practice schedules, team management and codes of conduct. Coaches should use basic common sense and good judgment when working in a youth sports program.
Some coaches may push children over their limit, causing them to be dehydrated or exhausted. Coaches and other team personnel should be responsible and use proper judgment when training or coaching the children. They must remember that their bodies sometimes cannot handle what an adult may be capable of doing.
If a child is injured during a sporting event or practice, negligence on part of the coach or the organization must be proved. For example, if a child is playing soccer and trips, resulting in a sprained ankle, an attorney must prove negligence. Liability only is there if there are facts to show the organization or coach acted negligently, which lead to the problem.
Schools, recreational sports facilities, camps and other places that provide organized sports for children should have enough people on staff to provide adequate supervision. The staff should be able to identify threats and possible problems, such as adverse weather conditions or faulty equipment. It is the responsibility of the organization and its personnel to keep the children participating in those programs safe.
If those in charge of the program do not meet their duties and a child is injured, they could be held responsible. For example, if a child is injured while playing soccer and there is no person trained in first aid or CPR available to treat the injury, the organization could be found negligent. Not all injuries are preventable, but the organization should be prepared to treat common injuries.
If your child has been injured in a sports accident, contact a child sports injury personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. The legal team at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter will work to help you get the compensation you deserve. Your child should not have to suffer because of someone else's negligence. Call (321) 586-9944 for a free case evaluation.