As more children and teens participate in school sports teams or sports organizations, there is also an increase of sports injuries sustained by the young athletes. There is always an inherent risk of injury when playing sports, especially contact sports such as football, and players do get injured. However, some sports accidents and injuries are completely avoidable or preventable but occur due to the negligence of a coach, trainer, school or sports organization.
When children and young adolescents sustain injuries in PA and NJ sports accidents, their parents are understandably worried for their children. When sports injuries could have been avoided, parents may want to know what they need to do to protect their children's interests in terms of pursuing sports accidents and injury lawsuits. Below is a discussion of one of the most common questions parents have when considering whether to pursue legal action for a sports injured child.
There may be different parties liable for a child's sports injury in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. For instance, a coach may be responsible for a high school football player's traumatic brain injury because he did not pull the player out of the game after the player sustained a concussion. Instead, the coach only asked if the player was okay and put the player back out on the field. The player then sustains a second impact to the head resulting in a permanent brain injury.
When an athlete sustains a concussion, he is likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury if he sustains a second impact. If the coach benched the football player, he would not have sustained a second impact and a traumatic brain injury. In this situation, the coach may be liable for the football player's traumatic brain injury.
Another party that may be responsible is the manufacturer of sports equipment. For example, if a helmet a football player was wearing was defective which caused the player to sustain a traumatic brain injury, the manufacturer may be held liable. This type of case is called a products liability lawsuit. The theory of liability is that because a product, i.e., the helmet in this example, was defective, an individual using the product was injured as a result.
The helmet can be defective in several ways, and one of the ways is if the helmet was defectively designed. To see other ways a product can be defective, see Pennsylvania Products Liability Law and New Jersey Defective Products Lawyer Discusses Why Products Fail.
The helmet can be defectively designed if it did not have the proper protective padding inside the helmet. A player's head is then vulnerable to sustaining a traumatic brain injury if he is hit because the helmet lacks protective lining. Thus, when a player sustains a hit, he may suffer a traumatic brain injury because his head is not protected.
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