Injuries in Sports: Legal Recourse and Player Safety
Most sports are extreme sports and can definitely result in a ton of traumatic injuries if proper safety gear is not used and precaution is not exercised. These injuries could range anywhere from minor fractures to the tearing of a ligament.
The first step in the case of an unfortunate injury would be, of course, to get medical help. The other, if you are smart, would be to hire a personal injury attorney in Dallas or wherever happens to be the closest to your current location and seek what kind of legal assistance your lawyer is able to get you. If you happen to be a district or city-level player, you may even end up with a really good settlement for a minor injury.
Sports injuries are rarely minor or unimportant, specially when you consider the more extreme sports like soccer and polo. Imagine falling of the horse during a game of polo, ouch. Or imagine being in a soccer game where a player makes your trip over too hard and you dislocate a shoulder. Yes, that sounds brutal, imagine experiencing that kind of pain and trying to continue to play; which eases us in to the next and highly important point, if you experience any kind of muscle spasm or any kind of physical stress or discomfort during a game, immediately call it in. Stop playing that very instant!
Even seemingly harmless sports could end up having unimaginably dire consequences when taken lightly. Like for instance, cricket isn’t exactly considered that much of an extreme sport when you think about it; but, at the same time, consider all of the injuries that cricketers have sustained over the decades. Having a ball hit you on the hand too hard when you’re just about to make an epic catch and do your team a solid. Boy, I bet that required some intense physiotherapy. Or when the ball went accidentally hit a batsman in the face because his helmet wasn’t properly covering his entire eye area.
If you ask us, maybe hockey could prove dangerous someday as well, who knows? An oldman might dislocate his shoulder from swinging his hockey too hard or the hockey ball flies to high and bruises a stranger’s knee. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen though. While we are discussing sporting injuries, why not go over some of the more serious injuries and how legal help may be required in extreme cases, the benefits of having a personal injury attorney as well as safety precautions that players can take to ensure they can continue their career in sports.
Extreme sports injuries are of various kinds and they include a wide range of dangerous physical and mental effects. Extreme injuries could include stuff like hardcore muscle spasms, fractures, muscle dislocations, knee and tendon injuries, concussions and muscle cramps etc. While a muscle cramp may not feel like a big deal to a practiced sportsman/sportswoman at first, it has over time proven to be one of the most harmful and dangerous injuries of all times and one absolutely must not continue playing whatever sport it is they are playing the moment they experience a spasm or a sprain, or they will risk causing a tear in their ligament. (A ligament is the connective tissue that connects one bone in the body to another.) There are also some more technical terms for extreme sports injuries like rotator cuff and hamstring injuries as well as something called a runner’s knee. A sportsman/woman may already be aware of these terms but for a layperson researching their condition and finding out as much information about it as they can is advised.
On the other hand, prevention is better than cure. So using proper safety gear is one way to make sure no such hardcore injuries are sustained. In the case of faulty gear or safety equipment, one can always take legal action and claim product liability within a specific time frame following the injury, this time frame is legally known as a statue of limitations.
In the event that one can prove an ill-intentioned plot behind the faulty safety gear, they can also push charges for intentional harm. These charges can also be pressed against another player if one can prove the intention to cause physical harm on part of the guilty party. This can also apply to physiotherapists and trainers, but in those cases, it would vary from intentional harm to medical malpractice to product or person liability et cetera.
However, an important point to keep in mind is that in competitive sports, there is a likelihood that the legal recourse may vary from situation to situation as well as based on the area that your jurisdiction falls under, but one thing is for certain and that is a good lawyer will always ensure that their client receives the best settlements possible, be those as a result of a lawsuit or settled outside court.