Sports accidents often occur at schools, gyms, training facilities and ball fields. However, many sports injuries can be prevented by the use of proper safety equipment and by taking steps to ensure the safety of spectators and participants alike.
Injuries often reported include:
- Head injury and concussion;
- Knee injuries
- Internal bleeding;
- Dental injuries;
- Spinal fractures and injuries
- Neck and back injuries
In some instances, there is a basis for those who are injured to take legal action and seek damages. Athletic facilities and organizations owe a duty to provide safe, well-maintained equipment and can be liable if a patron or participant is injured on their premises. Organizations, teams and even individual participants may be liable if a participant becomes injured.
Dekalb County, Illinois. A lawsuit was recently filed by Attorney John J. Malm on behalf of a spectator who was injured when a baseball flew through a hole in the protective netting surrounding a batting cage. The woman was attending a tournament baseball game when a ball left the cage located nearby, suddenly striking her. An inspection of the cage showed that it contained holes through which baseballs could easily travel and strike people nearby. The lawsuit seeks damages for the serious injuries, including internal bleeding the loss of the woman’s spleen.
DuPage County, Illinois. Attorney John J. Malm was recently retained to represent a 12-year old boy injured as a result of a careless incident at a martial arts training facility. The child, who was being taught and demonstrated a “take-down” maneuver in class, was abruptly dropped to the floor by an adult instructor. The force of impact upon the floor broke the child’s femur, necessitating orthopedic surgery. No participation waiver was ever requested by the owner of the facility. The claim seeks damages for the painful injuries suffered by the child and the medical costs incurred to treat the child’s serious injuries.