A sports injury in children is becoming more and more common. As the level of competitiveness escalates, the harder children are pushed. Unfortunately accidents in sports do happen but when they are avoidable accidents or accidents caused by negligence, they are inexcusable. Nearly one in three injuries in children are sports related, the most common being minor sprains and strains that can be recovered from relatively quickly. Perhaps the most disturbing cause of a sports injury is when a coach or parent forces or allows an injured player to return to the game/practice. If you have a child that was injured by negligence of another, contact Green Bay child injury lawyers for a free legal consultation and learn more about your legal options regarding a child injury from sports participation.
High contact sports like football, ice hockey, and lacrosse obviously have higher numbers of injuries when compared to less impact sports like swimming or golf, although any sport has the potential to cause an injury. When a child suffers a concussion they must rest and avoid any chance of further injury. Studies have shown that a child with a concussion or similar brain injury that receives another blow to the head to worsen the injury greatly increases the risk of a traumatic brain injury or even death. When the brain swells it needs time to recover and heal, if it subjected to more trauma before it completely heals it could cause serious injury. This is a major problem for high impact sports, coaches and staff need to be able to recognize a concussion and take appropriate steps to ensure the child’s safety like removing them from the game/practice and making sure they receive proper medical attention. The problem is that many youth coaches and staff do not initially recognize the signs of a concussion and send these injured children back into the game. If your child sustained a sports injury, contact a Green Bay child injury lawyertoday.
Many states have adopted concussion laws for youth sports. If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion they are not allowed to return to the activity until they are seen by a doctor and have a medical release from them to continue. Additionally parents are required to read information about injuries including concussions and sign an acknowledgement of risk form before their children may participate. Green Bay child injury lawyers can help families who have been affected by a sports injury, call for a free case evaluation.