Youth sports and other recreational activities are a great way for children to stay active, build friendships, and develop crucial life skills. However, like any physical endeavor, these activities come with the risk of injuries. When a child sustains an injury, it can be detrimental to their overall health and growth, taking them out of school and crucial developmental milestones, and impacting them for a lifetime.
Sometimes youth sports, school, and recreational activities come with inherent risks, and minor injuries are a part of growing up. However, negligence or gross negligence can unreasonably increase these risks, and serious harm can occur. Naturally, their families will want justice for their kids as well as a way to help them recover.
When this happens, the best thing you can do to protect your child’s rights and best interest is to contact a San Diego youth sports and recreational activity injury attorney from Jassim Law as soon as possible. They can give the best chance at recovering full and fair compensation.
Understanding Liability in Youth Sports & Recreational Activity Injuries
Sports and recreational activities are meant to be fun, which is why it’s especially hard when a child ends up injured. To some extent, we all assume the risks associated with sports, school, and recreational activities. However, when an injury occurs that is beyond what we assume can happen, or because of lacking school supervision, or negligence – legal action may be appropriate.
Parents want to do everything in their power to hold the responsible party accountable, and in so doing are actually making the community safer for all children. When a child is seriously injured, often changes are made by the youth sports authority, school, or other recreational authority.
Often the first step to doing that is determining liability. Liability in youth sports and recreational activity injuries can be a complex and multifaceted issue. Several factors are considered when determining who is responsible for the injury, including:
Negligence is central to personal injury cases, including those involving children being injured during a sport or recreational activity. The party must demonstrate the following to establish negligence:
- The liable party owed a duty of care to the injured child
- The liable party breached that duty of care through their actions or inaction
- The liable party unreasonably increased the risks associated with an activity
- The breach of duty directly caused the child’s injury
- The injury resulted in injuries
Proving negligence requires sufficient evidence that can be difficult to gather. It’s important to reach out to a San Diego youth sport injury lawyer from the moment you are able to pick up the phone to ensure they can start collecting evidence as soon as possible to help support the claim.
Assumption of Risk
In many youth sports and recreational activities, participants implicitly assume a certain level of risk. This concept is referred to as “assumption of risk.” For example, if your child is playing football, it is often assumed they will be tackled and could be injured. Or, a child playing basketball could sprain an ankle.
In other words, when an injury is a foreseeable consequence of an activity, participants may not be able to hold a party liable for injuries that result from those inherent risks.
However, when the injury results from negligence, or gross negligence, the assumption of risk isn’t enough to protect liable parties from being held liable for damages. There is also a distinction between youth sports injuries, and a child being injured at school unrelated to a sport activity.
For example, a child that is unsupervised on a playground and is injured could have a claim against the school district, whereas a child that suffers a fall during a youth sport may not. These cases are heavily fact dependent.
A San Diego youth recreational activity injury lawyer can review your case and help you determine whether the circumstances that caused your child’s injury can qualify for a personal injury case.
Supervision and Coaching
Most sports and recreational activities that children participate in must have a certain level of supervision and coaching. When a child is injured as a result of inadequate supervision or coaching, the organization, coach, or facility may be held liable for damages.
Sometimes children bully, fight, or injure each other while engaging in horseplay. A school may be held responsible if there is inadequate supervision, even when children injure each other. This is because schools have a duty to supervise children, and it is expected that children will engage in horseplay and potentially injure each other if left unsupervised.
Equipment and Facility Maintenance
Defective equipment or poorly maintained facilities can cause injuries. In these cases, equipment manufacturers, facility owners, or maintenance providers may be liable for injuries resulting from their negligence. Additionally, a youth sports authority or school may be held liable for failing to maintain equipment.
How Our Jassim Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You
When a child suffers a serious injury, it can be a life-altering event, leaving them with physical, emotional, and financial burdens that can impact their futures. Injuries can disrupt the fast pace of education, and social development.
An attorney is your greatest ally who can use their expertise and experience to make the ultimate difference in your claim. At Jassim Law, our San Diego youth sports injury attorney provides the following help:
- Thoroughly investigating every detail of your case IMMEDIATELY
- Collecting and preserving vital evidence and witness statements
- Hiring the best experts in your case requires
- Conducting witness interviews
- Going to the scene and reconstructing how the accident occurred
- Securing any evidence, surveillance video, photos, and witness statements
- Ensuring you receive the best medical care, no matter what health insurance coverage you may or may not have
- Filing all paperwork correctly and on time
- Advocating aggressively for your rights and interests inside and outside of court
- Supporting you through every step of California’s claims process
- Helping you get your vehicle repaired or replaced without delay
- Determining if the negligent party was on the job at the time of the accident
- Determining whether additional parties or entities are at fault
- Answering your legal questions
- Keeping you updated on the status of your case
- Negotiating with all parties on your behalf
Dealing with the aftermath of your child being injured isn’t easy. As parents, you send your kids to school, recreation, and sports activities for their own benefit, growth and development. It can be crushing to see them injured. Jassim Law is here to support you and your family. With our support, you can focus on your recovery while we work tirelessly to secure the fair compensation your child deserves.
Contact a San Diego Youth Sports & Recreational Activity Injury Attorney
Jassim Law is not just a law firm; we are a dedicated partner committed to keeping our communities safer and advocating for personal injury victims. With over 20 years of experience handling high-value and complicated cases, including child injury cases, Jassim Law has consistently demonstrated a profound understanding of the challenges our clients face.
Attorney Pajam Jassim, the driving force behind Jassim Law, is not only a top 10.00 Avvo-rated attorney but also a recognized and honored professional in the legal field. His commitment to his clients and relentless pursuit of justice have earned him accolades such as being named one of San Diego’s Best Attorneys and receiving recognition from Super Lawyers.
At Jassim Law, we understand the pain and difficulties that personal injury victims endure, which is why we offer free consultation and flexible options, including Zoom and telephone consultation, and coming to you where you are. Jassim Law believes in creating safe communities, and his active involvement in various legal organizations reflects his dedication to this cause.
Let us stand by your side, providing the legal expertise and support you need to help get the justice your child deserves. Contact our San Diego youth sports injury lawyers today by calling (619) 554-0624 or completing our contact form.