Youth Sports and Injuries
For many Connecticut parents, youth sports serve as an important activity for their children, motivating them to exercise while teaching them life lessons about fair play and competitiveness. Unfortunately, our evolving understanding of injury risks and early child development has caused us to ask whether sports programs, especially for younger children, will hinder their long-term development and endanger their future.
As adults, we understand that sports activities carry the risk of injury, and we participate in them with that in mind. But for youth sports, we carry an expectation that the health of the children will take precedence over everything else, and that league organizers will treat safety issues with the utmost seriousness. In fact, Connecticut law holds any parties accountable if their negligent behavior has put a child at risk.
Kids Are Being Hurt Every Day
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 3.5 million children, ages 14 and younger, are injured every year while playing sports. Of those, more than 775,000 make visits to hospital emergency rooms to receive treatment. Head injuries are of primary concern. Sports activities account for 21% of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) among children in the United States, and the leading cause of fatalities from a sports-related injury is TBI.
While some sports are more dangerous than others, each sport has injuries unique to it. Kids in football leagues are more likely to suffer knee injuries, while swimmers and divers have to worry about accidental drowning. Typical sports-related injuries, in addition to the ones already mentioned, include repetitive use injuries, broken limbs, torn muscles, eye injuries, back injuries, and severe contusions.
The most frightening injuries these days are concussions and head and spinal cord injuries, which can have a long-term impact on the health of your child. More and more research is coming out all the time about the harmful affects of repeated blows to the head, especially for children.
The causes of such injuries include falls, being struck by an object, such as a ball or bat, and collisions. In many cases the injuries happen as the result of unforeseen accidents, but in too many instances, they could have been prevented with proper oversight and instruction.
If your child has suffered a preventable injury while participating in a youth sport, then a number of people could be found liable. This includes the organizer of the sports league, team coaches and instructors, the owners or managers of the field or facility where the activity took place, trainers and medical staff, or other players. If the youth league is part of a school team, then the school district could also be at fault.
You should never have to worry about the safety of your child, especially when it comes to sports. If your child has suffered a brain injury, then you could be entitled to full compensation for their medical expenses and rehabilitation under Connecticut Law. The trial attorneys at Naizby Law have the experience and resources to fight on your behalf and help ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
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