Tuesday 13, Nov, 2018

Holding Schools, Coaches, and Staff Accountable for Children’s Sports Injuries

School sports provide a way for students to stay physically fit while learning valuable lessons about teamwork and competitive play. Unfortunately, the pressure young players place on themselves and the expectations they face from others lead them to take risks with their health and safety. At Arami Law Office, we defend and protect the rights of student athletes when accidents and injuries occur. Depending on the situation, coaches, training staff, and even school officials may be held responsible for the injuries your child suffers.

Student Athletes and Sports Injuries

After school and varsity sports programs are popular for children. Unfortunately, they are also a common cause of potentially serious, disabling, and even life-threatening personal injuries. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than three million children around the country between the ages of 5 and 14 visit hospital emergency rooms each year due to sports-related injuries. Among the most common types of injuries suffered include the following:

  • Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle and tendon sprains or strains;
  • Broken bones and dislocated joints;
  • Back and neck injury, included fractured vertebrae and damage to the spinal cord;
  • Head injuries, resulting in concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI);
  • Injuries caused by heat exhaustion and dehydration, which can cause lasting damage to internal organs and even death.

Holding Schools and Coaches Accountable for Children’s Sports Injuries

In Chicago, Northwestern Medicine states that sports injuries often result from overuse or due to sudden trauma, such as aggressive tackling and falls. The incredible pressure placed on students to push their physical limits, to ‘brush off’ injuries or pain, and to return to play as soon as possible if they are hurt only makes matters worse.

Downplaying injuries increases the risk for complications that could end up having lasting impacts on the child’s health and wellbeing. To protect young athletes, parents are encouraged to make sure that schools, coaches, and staff all adhere to the following practices:

  • Enforce use of the appropriate safety equipment;
  • Allow for adequate training and warm up time before activities;
  • Discourage behavior that is overly aggressive;
  • Offer plenty of water and proper rest periods.

When an injury is suspected, the student should be immediately removed from play and not allowed to return until he or she has been cleared by a doctor.

Reach Out to the Arami Law Office

As parents, your number one priority is making sure your children are safe. When coaches and administrators fail to protect your child from serious injuries, the Arami Law Office helps you hold them accountable. Contact our Chicago personal injury attorneys today and request a consultation to see how we can help you.

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