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If I’m Injured While Participating in a Sporting Event, Can I Sue?

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Sports are one of the biggest hobbies in the country, with many watching and playing their favorite games. Unfortunately, however, injuries are a significant factor in these events. Whether you tear your ACL while running during a flag football game or dive after a baseball incorrectly, these injuries are often part of the game. However, some are more malicious, leading you to wonder whether or not you can pursue compensation. The following blog explores when you may be able to hold a negligent party liable for inflicting injury during a sporting event and how a Broward County personal injury attorney can help you receive justice.

If I’m Injured While Playing in a Sporting Event, Can I Sue?

Unfortunately, most injuries incurred while playing a game or participating in an event are simply a part of the game. Though they can be painful, injuries are often inevitable while playing a sport. This is known as the assumption of risk. Similarly, most events require participants to sign a waiver, so the organizer and venue cannot be held liable for any injuries that occur.

While being hit with a ball or falling to the ground are unfortunate accidents, some injuries go beyond the scope of the game. As such, it’s essential to understand when someone can be held liable. Unfortunately, negligent coaching is a reason many players and athletes sustain injuries. Whether this is because they did not allow participants to get water causing dehydration, or did not take the steps necessary to ensure that outdoor heat conditions were acceptable to practice in, these individuals may be held responsible for injuries they cause. Another typical example occurs when an athlete sustains an injury while playing, and the coach refuses to take them out of the game. Though the initial injury is not the coach’s fault, they may be liable for the worsened condition.

Similarly, if someone maliciously and purposely injures you while participating in a sporting event, they may be held liable for the injuries caused. While some things like being hit by a pitch during a baseball game are considered a part of the game, someone attacking you after the game because your team beat theirs go beyond the scope of the assumed risk athletes take when participating.

What Should I Do if I Sustain Injuries?

If you sustain injuries due to the negligence of another person while playing in a sporting event, the most important thing to do is seek medical attention. Even if your injuries seem minor, they can worsen over time. As such, establishing medical care is vital.

It’s also important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible when you want to hold a negligent party responsible for their actions. These cases can be challenging to navigate, but having someone who understands the legal complexities of these matters can help guide you through these challenging times. At the Finizio Law Group, we understand how devastating these injuries can be, so we’re dedicated to fighting for you. Contact us today to connect with a member of our legal team to discuss the details of your circumstances.

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