Children’s sports are an effective way to promote health and wellness in kids at a young age, but unfortunately, too much exertion can lead to injuries including repetitive stress injuries. A repetitive stress injury describes the physical damage and pain that can result from repetitive movement and overuse. These types of injuries are common in athletes due to the repetitive motions they must make in their sport practices and games. These injuries account for more than 50% of all pediatric sports-related injuries. By following safety tips, you can educate your child and potentially prevent them from getting injured down the road.
- Pre-Participation Examinations: Making sure your child has a physical examination before they begin their sports is important to screen for risk factors, including joint stability, flexibility, and injury history.
- Obtain the Proper Equipment: Ensuring your child has the specialized clothing and equipment they need for their sport is necessary to prevent injuries from things like shoes that are too large. Replacement of older, worn-out clothing and equipment is recommended for each season.
- Stretching Before Practices & Games: Tendonitis is the most common repetitive stress injury in all sports. Warming up before and after physical activity can prevent these injuries. It’s important to teach kids how to properly stress, as hypermobility can also lead to injuries.
Who is Liable for Injuries in Children’s Sports?
Determining who takes the blame for a child’s injuries in a sports activity requires a thorough investigation of the injuries acquired and what happened to cause the accident. Kids can suffer from injuries including ankle sprains, broken bones, concussions, knee injuries, spinal trauma, brain injuries, and more after being injured in sports practice or a game.
Individuals and entities that are often held liable for sports and recreational accidents in children include:
- Sports coaches and teachers: Teachers can be found negligent for improper supervision, overstretching or exerting a struggling student, intentional harm, and more.
- Schools: Entire schools and school districts can be held liable for unsafe policies or regulations that are outdated, such as not having a lifeguard present for a swimming class.
- Manufacturer of equipment: If your child was injured as a result of defective or broken sports equipment, including equipment meant to keep them safe, the manufacturer of the product can be held responsible for damages.
Putting Your Children’s Needs First
At Bertram & Graf, L.L.C., we understand your concerns and worries as a parent when your child is injured, especially in an accident caused by negligence. You want to ensure that whoever is responsible for harming your child pays for what they’ve done. Our personal injury attorneys can pursue justice on behalf of your family and secure the compensation you need to heal and move on. We can recover damages that include medical bills, from ambulance rides to hospital stays and surgeries, as well as pain and suffering. We also operate on a contingency fee basis and provide free consultations, which means we don’t get paid until you do. Allow us to handle the legal paperwork while you concentrate on tending to your loved one.
Call the caring legal team at Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. after your child has been injured in a sports or recreational accident at (888) 398-2277, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our attorneys have years of experience helping families recover and hold negligent parties accountable.