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Sports Injury

Whether it is the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, Friday night football, golf, or other outdoor recreation, Fort Worth has just about every sport available to participants and spectators alike. Fort Worth has a great climate that allows for year-round outdoor sporting activities. When Fort Worth residents are heading to their games and matches, or their kids’ games and matches, they often do not think about the dangers of sports and the injuries that can occur. But injuries do occur and sometimes they can be very serious causing massive medical bills and life disruptions.

Most common sports injuries

Texas Children’s Hospital reports some of the following as common sports injuries they see at their hospital:

  • ACL tears – ACL tears are serious knee injuries that often occur as the result of a blow to the knee or jump landings and turns. Signs of an ACL tear include a loud pop in the knee area and an inability to continue playing and difficulty walking.
  • Dehydration – Dehydration occurs when athletes are not drinking enough to keep up with their bodies’ needs. When sports take place during the day in the hot sun, athletes are particularly at risk for dehydration. Some of the signs include abdominal cramps, nausea, extreme thirst, and headaches.
  • Concussion – Concussions usually occur when a player receives a blow to his or her head. It can happen due to contact between players, being struck by a ball, or contact with the ground or other solid objects. Concussion symptoms include headache, dizziness, and blurred vision.
  • Shoulder injuries – Shoulder injuries often include dislocations and rotator cuff tears or impingements. Shoulder swelling or the appearance of a muscle bulge, pain in normal use, and limited shoulder movement are signs of shoulder injuries.

Liability

Waiver and assumption of the risk are common defenses to sports injury claims. Yes you may have signed a waiver for you or your child prior to participating in the sport and yes, you may have assumed the risk for injuries that result from playing the sport, but waiver and assumption of the risk may not be applicable defenses in your case if negligent or intentional conduct caused the injuries.

Coaches’ duty of care to children

When children participate in sports, it is important to understand that schools, sports organizations, and especially coaches have a heightened duty of care to your children. Children are more vulnerable than adults when it comes to sports injuries because children do not necessarily have the experience or knowledge to appreciate the seriousness of their injuries. Cases where other people may be responsible for your child’s sports injury include:

  • A coach fails to appropriately take an injured child out of the game.
  • A coach fails to recognize that a child is dehydrated or exhausted and puts the child in danger by allowing him or her to continue to play.
  • A sports program, school, or coach encourages or is aware of (and does not stop) dangerous or unsafe practice conditions and play.
  • A sports program or school does not properly maintain its practice facilities.

If you have sustained a sports injury due to someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct, contact Fort Worth sports injury attorney, Dorothy Hyde, to review the facts of your case. Assumption of the risk and waiver are not absolute defenses and you deserve to be compensated for injuries you or your child sustained as a result of someone else’s intentional or negligent conduct.

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