If you are injured while participating in sports, you might assume that suffering an injury is part of the risk of participating in a sport. However, regardless of whether you participate in amateur sports or were injured at school, there are some circumstances where you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Injuries at the Gym
Suffering an injury while working out can be a normal occurrence when you make a mistake or when you work out too often. However, the gym owners are responsible for maintaining the gym so it can be used safely. If the equipment is in disrepair or if the gym is designed in such a way that makes it unsafe, the gym might be liable for your injuries. You may also be entitled to compensation if you were injured and did not receive prompt assistance from gym staff.
You might have been required to sign a waiver that is meant to protect the institution from liability. However, waivers do not allow for a party to create a situation that is unreasonably dangerous. If you can prove liability, you may still have a case. If you're not sure, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Even if you sign a waiver prior to participating in a sport, you may still have a case if you suffer an injury due to an event that is not inherent to the sport. For example, if you are engaged in a boxing match, you may not be able to sue for injuries that are common to boxing. However, if the boxing ring collapses and you suffer an injury from this event, you may be entitled to compensation.
Injuries Caused By a Contestant
Contact sports can often lead to injuries. However, you may suffer an injury due to the competitor performing an action not common to the sport. For example, if the competitor stabs you with his hockey skate, this may lead the competitor to be liable for your injuries.
When playing a sport, you will be relying on sports equipment to protect you and play the sport. However, some sports equipment can be defective due to a design or manufacturing error. For example, protective padding might have failed to protect you due to a defect in the design of the padding. If this occurs, contact a personal injury lawyer and ask about whether you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer of the sports equipment.
If you've experienced a sports injury and are considering pressing charges, talk to a personal injury lawyer at Kenneth P Hicks today.Share
25 June 2020
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