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Children and teenagers throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania participate in a number of competitive sporting activities. Every year, a significant number of young athletes suffer serious injuries—some of which have long-term consequences—while practicing or playing these sports. Some common causes of such injuries includes, but are not limited to:
In some cases, children and teenagers sustain sprains or broken bones. However, other young athletes involved in more catastrophic accidents may suffer spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that require several years or possibly even lifetimes of rehabilitation and lead to families incurring extraordinary medical expenses.
Many organized sports are run by schools or independent leagues that require the parents of these children to sign consent forms or liability waivers. While some parents fear that these agreements thus prevent them from being able to take any legal action when their children are hurt during participation in a sporting activity, the truth is that a school or league can still be considered negligent if the activity was unreasonably dangerous or an adult did not fulfill his or her obligation to ensure the safety of the youth participant. In such cases, the league or school may be liable to victims and their families for the harm and financial losses they suffered.
School districts or independent leagues will usually be insured, and they typically have lawyers prepared to avoid paying victims anything. In many cases, they will attempt to discourage victims from considering legal action by calling attention to the waiver or consent form that was originally signed. If parents are insistent that they will seek pursue a lawsuit, the victims and their families could be pressured to accept settlements. However, these amounts rarely account for all of the future financial needs of children with severe injuries.
The West Chester sports injury attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices understand the multitude of difficulties that arise when a child has been seriously hurt in one of these activities, and that is why we diligently work as a team to hold all negligent parties accountable and fight to get victims every penny they are entitled to. Our firm provides legal services on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not charge the people we represent any fee unless we recover monetary awards.
You can schedule a completely free consultation that will allow our sports injury lawyers to review your case by calling (610) 719-3190 right now. We have offices in West Chester, Philadelphia, Radnor, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Malvern, and Plymouth Square.