West Palm Beach Sports Injury Lawyer
Sports are a way of life for many local community members. Some participate in organized sports, such as high school football, college basketball, or a local bowling league. In other situations, games are more ad hoc, like a game of soccer in the backyard with the kids or an impromptu foot race between children. Regardless of what sports people play or how they play them, injuries are always a possibility, and unfortunately, they occur all too frequently throughout West Palm Beach.
Some sports injuries are minor and require little or no medical treatment. Often, these injuries are incidental aspects of playing the chosen sports, and they occur not as the result of someone’s negligence or intentional misconduct, but as a result of the nature of the game. Other injuries, however, can be much more severe and require extensive medical treatment. In rare cases, sports injuries can be fatal. At times, these injuries are preventable, and can be traced back to the carelessness of those charged with keeping players safe. In those situations, the law provides an avenue by which victims can be compensated for their losses.
The particularly high dangers of some sports, like football, is exactly why we now see so much athletic equipment designed to protect players from sustaining injuries. Football players, baseball players, and many others use helmets and pads to keep themselves safe, and strict rules are put in place to try to ensure that players use safe practices during play. In spite of all of the protective gear and safety rules, injuries still happen. Sometimes, they are the result of equipment failure. For example, football players used to wear leather helmets. Eventually a change to plastic helmets was made. However, some of the earliest plastic helmets shattered and caused injuries to the players. Eventually, the plastic helmets were improved, and now they are used regularly without incident. Yet, every year some players still suffer severe injury because of defective helmets. When that happens it is often due to either a design defect or a manufacturing defect.
A design defect occurs when a product is constructed in conformity with the manufacturer’s specifications but is unreasonably dangerous. A manufacturing defect, on the other hand, occurs when a product does not conform to the specifications of the manufacturer, such as when a helmet is made with a type of inferior plastic that shatters. In either case, a defective product that causes injury to the consumer will may result in liability against the manufacturer.
Sports injuries are not always the result of equipment failure. Sometimes, they come about when a player or other participant either negligently or intentionally causes harm to another player. At other times, a player suffers injury because they continue playing in a game, even when coaches, officials, and other observers should have noticed that they had suffered an injury and needed treatment. In particular, in school athletics and children’s’ sports, it is vital that those guiding players through the game act reasonably to keep those players safe.
No matter what the cause of the injury, if you or a loved one has been injured while playing a sport in our area, it is helpful to have the advice of a trained Palm Beach sports injury lawyer. The attorney can explain how the law might apply in your situation and can guide you through the legal process to ensure you receive the compensation necessary to make yourself whole. As in most injury cases, Florida limits the amount of time you have to file a claim after being injured, which means if you delay too long, you may never get your chance to enforce your rights.