Understanding Children’s Sports Injuries
As any parent knows, youth sports injuries are a common occurrence that most children experience at one time or another. There are many different causes of children’s sports injuries, whether the child is simply playing too rough, wearing inadequate gear, or the victim of negligence by those in charge. Most sports injuries involve children or teenagers under the age of 18 and are typically connected with school sports teams or city-sponsored organizations. Team sports often present more risk for injury due to the interactive nature of the games. However, it is important to note that solo sports can also present some risks.
Youth sporting accidents do happen, and lawyers from Atkins & Markoff have the legal knowledge necessary to help families determine whether negligence or other outside factors contributed to a serious sporting injury. In some cases, you may be able to receive compensation and pursue legal action against those responsible for your child’s injury. To learn more about youth sports injuries or to set up a consultation with an Oklahoma attorney from Atkins & Markoff, please contact our law firm today.
Causes of Youth Sports Injuries
Here is a look at the most common causes of youth sports injuries:
- Inadequate protective gear
- Unfair matching of players by size and ability
- Poor, defective, or neglected playing fields and athletic surfaces
- Abusive or inadequate coaches
- Workouts or drills that are inappropriate or too difficult for a child’s abilities, skills, or developmental stage
Keep in mind that this list is far from exhaustive and there are additional factors that may contribute to a child’s sports injury.
Common Types of Youth Sports Injuries
Here is a look at some of the most common types of youth sports injuries:
- Muscle strains
- Strained joints
- Abrasions, bruises, and cut wounds
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
The majority of youth sports injury lawsuits involve a monetary damages award in order to compensate the injured player and player’s family for medical expenses. However, some cases also take into consideration the child’s development. If the child is still physically growing and the injuries sustained have been linked to permanent effects on the child’s abilities in the future, the damages may be calculated differently.
Contact Atkins & Markoff Today
More than 46 million children play sports each year in the United States and one in three children who plays a team sport are seriously injured at one point. This is a staggering statistic that highlights the importance of proper safety precautions and steps being taken to prevent youth sports injuries. If your child has sustained a serious injury while playing a sport and you believe another party should be held accountable, contact Atkins & Markoff today. Our personal injury lawyers have the experience and legal knowledge necessary to pursue legal action and will do everything in our power to help you receive the compensation and justice you deserve.