Sports have long been popular among young students, and this trend shows no signs of abating anytime soon. While most parents are aware that their children may sustain scrapes and bruises, or even a broken bone in extreme circumstances, most do not anticipate their child suffering a life-changing football head injury.
However, this is becoming increasingly widespread. Who is to blame? Is it the player’s fault? What about their parents? Or how about the football coach? Continue reading to learn who might be to blame, and then call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 with any questions or to schedule a free legal consultation.
The first step is to figure out why the injury happened
Not every football collision results in injury, and the majority of injuries are minor. If a major brain injury occurs, it must be assessed whether it was caused or aggravated by a lack of protective equipment, insufficient supervision, or something else that could be the fault of another party.
According to the legislation, persons who organize school or recreational athletic events have a “legal duty of care.” This means that it is their responsibility to take reasonable precautions to protect their young athletes, and that if an injury occurs, timely medical attention must be provided.
Additional information on “Legal Duty of Care”
What does it mean to have a “legal duty of care” for an athletic program? The California judicial system expects all parties involved to follow a protocol. It entails ensuring that student-athletes have enough instruction, are aware of the regulations, are aware of appropriate behavior, and are aware of the hazards.
A legal duty of care also requires that appropriate protective equipment (such as helmets and mouthguards) be provided, that those in charge make an effort to match athletes of similar heights, weights, sizes, and skills, that proper supervision be provided, that first-aid supplies be available, and that injured players not be returned to the game if there is a risk of aggravating the injury.
Many football injuries do not result in a lawsuit
The truth is that most injuries sustained in a child sports league do not constitute grounds for a lawsuit. A person in a position of responsibility, on the other hand, should be held accountable if they fail to protect the athletes in their care. The burden should not fall only on the shoulders of the young athlete or their parents, especially in terms of finances.
We recommend that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible if your student-athlete has suffered a brain damage. The initial appointment is complimentary, and we can address any questions you may have. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 right now to find out what your options are.