Millions of people participate in sports in the United States each year and accept that with participation in physical activities comes the risk of injury. In order to mitigate those risks, athletes rely on equipment that is designed to offer protection from injuries that might otherwise result from collisions with people and objects that are common occurrences. When the equipment that people rely on for protection becomes the source of their pain and injuries, however, it is entirely reasonable to demand accountability from equipment manufacturers for poorly designed products or manufactural defects deemed responsible for a serious accident or injury.
Sports that Pose Risk of Injury
Sports of a more violent or competitive nature pose a greater risk of injury and these sports include hockey, football, paintball and other contact sports. Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and cycling pose significant threats of injury as well, however, even though they do not involve contact with competitors. Other sports in which participants could be seriously injured include paddle boarding, surfing, weight lifting, track and field and wrestling.
If you are an athlete who has been injured while participating in a sport, it is important to determine the exact cause of your injury. In most cases, multiple factors contribute to an injury, but the most important question to answer is whether the injury was preventable and if so, what could have been done to prevent it. Documenting the circumstances of your injuries and getting photographs of the equipment you used as well as your injuries themselves will be useful as they will allow a personal injury lawyer to assess your case with greater ease and offer better advice about your legal options.
Liability of Sports Equipment Manufacturers When a Person is Injured
Protective equipment must serve the purpose for which it is designed. For example, if a helmet fails to prevent a serious injury to the head, neck or spine or shoulder or knee pads are determined to have been the actual cause of an injury rather than offering the protection they were designed for, the cause of your injuries may be partially or fully due to a defect in the design or materials of your equipment. Product liability law protects consumers from defective and dangerous products by allowing the injured to seek compensation from companies when their products either fail to do what they are advertised to do or are directly responsible for bodily harm.
Medical treatment for athletic injuries can include the need for surgeries and extensive physical therapy. Not only is medical care expensive, but the recovery process keeps you from returning to the sport that you enjoy participating in so much. Your medical bills and pain and suffering entitle you to compensation and you may be entitled to additional compensation if your injury has prevented you from being able to work or caused you any other form of financial loss.
Athletic injuries to children may result in complications later on in life as well, and the long term impact of an injury must be considered when seeking damages. The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers not only have success securing compensation for clients with cases similar to your own, but our lawyers are able to help clients get onto the road to recovery sooner through connections to doctors, physical therapists and medical experts.
Contact us today for a free consultation with an attorney and we will sit down with you to answer all of your questions about your legal options, how the process of litigation works, the services we offer and resources we have access to and what it is that you can expect from us each step of the way. After performing our own thorough investigation into the circumstances of your accident, we will be able to determine whether you have a claim against the manufacturer of your protective gear and how best to begin building your case. Throughout this process, you will never be required to remit payment of any type unless we are able to secure compensation for you either through an out of court settlement or by winning your case in court. If we fail to do so then you will owe us nothing and our time, services and advice will be free of charge.