There are many benefits to playing sports as a child. Sports help children stay physically active, become team players, and make friends. However, there is also one major drawback. It’s estimated that more than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are injured while playing sports every year. Some of these injuries are minor, however about 775,000 of them are serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room.
Sports involving player-to-player contact or collisions are far more dangerous than others. Football is considered the most dangerous, accounting for about 215,000 trips to the emergency room every year. But, other sports such as soccer, basketball, and bicycling account for a significant portion of annual injuries as well.
Because sports-related injuries are so common, it’s crucial that parents know what to do in the event their child is hurt while playing sports. Here’s what you should do:
Seek Medical Treatment For Your Child
It’s strongly recommended that you take your child to a doctor or emergency room as soon as possible after a sports-related injury. It’s best to take your child even if they assure you they are fine or not experiencing serious symptoms. Why? Sometimes, it can take hours or days for symptoms of an injury to appear. As a result, your child may not even realize that they are seriously injured immediately after it occurs. If you wait until the symptoms appear, your child’s injury could have become significantly worse. Instead of waiting, it’s best to have your child examined by a doctor as soon as possible.
Find Out What Happened
Don’t bombard your child with questions about what happened immediately after they are injured. Give your child time to recover from the shock and pain of their injury before you start asking questions. When it’s time, ask your child what they remember about the incident. Who was involved? How did it happen? Did anyone see it occur? You will also need to find out whether or not the coaching staff was present at the time of the injury. If they were, ask your child whether or not they did anything to help afterwards.
If your child provides you with names of witnesses, try to get their contact information so you can learn more about what they saw. It’s best to gather as much information as possible so you have a very clear understanding of what happened.
Talk to the Coaching Staff
Reach out to your child’s coaching staff following the injury to learn more about what happened. You should ask the coaching staff who was supervising the children at the time of the incident and what this individual did once it occurred. Was anyone notified? If the injury was sustained while playing school sports, was the child sent to the school’s nurse?
You may have signed a consent form at the beginning of the school year or sports season. Find your copy of this form to see if it discusses how the coaching staff will handle sports-related injuries. If the coaching staff did not follow the proper protocol, the school district or sports league could be held liable for your child’s injuries.
It’s wise to document evidence of your child’s injury. If the injuries are visible, take photos of them on the day they were sustained and at various points during your child’s recovery. Hold onto your child’s medical records as well so you have proof of their diagnosis and treatment.
Keeping a journal is a great way to document your child’s recovery. Encourage your child to make daily entries discussing how their injuries have progressed. Your child should also write about how their injuries have affected their ability to go to school or engage in their favorite activities outside of school. You can make these entries on behalf of your child if your child is too young to do it on their own. However, make sure you talk to your child about how they are feeling prior to making these entries. The entries in this journal can be used later on to prove that your child has experienced pain and suffering as a result of their sports-related injuries.
Hire A Personal Injury Attorney
Parents should immediately begin their search for a personal injury attorney after their child sustains a sports-related injury. It is important to find an attorney who has experience handling this specific type of case. Why? It’s difficult to determine who is liable in personal injury cases involving sports-related injuries. A number of parties could be held liable for the injuries, but it is the school district that is often to blame. A school district is considered a government entity, so taking legal action against them is difficult. The right attorney will know how to overcome the obstacles in cases like these so they can recover the compensation you deserve.
Give your attorney copies of the evidence you’ve collected so far so they can begin investigating the case and identifying the liable parties.
Focus on Your Child’s Recovery
At this point, the personal injury attorney has the information they need to take legal action against the at-fault party. Your attorney will handle every aspect of the legal case, so it’s best for you to focus all of your energy on helping your child recover from their injuries.
Has your child been injured while playing a sport? If so, contact Trial Lawyers for Justice today to schedule a consultation regarding your case. Let our experienced personal injury attorneys gather the evidence we need to prove liability and recover as much compensation as possible for your child’s injuries. With our help, families can secure compensation for their child’s current and future medical expenses and pain and suffering.