Is Someone At Fault For Athletic Injuries?
As healthy and enjoyable as athletic activity is, there is always the risk of injury when engaging in a sport. This may happen if the injured party did not warm up properly, overexerted or simply moved awkwardly. There are occasions, however, when responsibility rests on the shoulders of another person or entity such as a school district or private gym. If this is the situation, you have every right to seek a lawyer’s help.
Assumed Risks In Athletics
When students or amateur athletes engage in sports activity, the government assumes they understand that normal risks are involved. Thus, if a child on a high school football team tears a tendon, the facilities are often not responsible since there is an “assumption of risk” involved.
When Is Someone Else Accountable?
Despite the risks of athletics, some injuries are caused by the fault or negligence of another party.
When students are in school, school officials are responsible for their safety to the extent that they can reasonably foresee dangerous conditions. They are required, for example, to examine and remove hazards such as unsafe playground equipment or defective sports devices.
Similarly, gyms in which adults exercise are responsible for keeping their facilities sanitary and safe. If a member’s injury is tied to dangers, such as a wet floor or a broken treadmill, the facility can be held accountable.
Facilities may also be accountable if they are aware of a particularly aggressive member present, do nothing and that person causes harm to others.
Ready To Defend You
At Advocate Law Firm Professional Law Corporation, we are well-aware that there may be long-term repercussions after a sports injury. We are dedicated to getting you the maximum compensation you deserve. Our attorney, Kenneth Satin, has over 45 years of experience navigating the complexities of California law in these types of cases.
Our office is in Irvine. We work throughout Southern California.