Many of us enjoy participating in sporting events and sports-related activities. Whether you play professionally, as part of a recreational team, or enjoy solo pursuits, it can be a great source of both fun and physical fitness. At the same time, it is important to make sure that sports facilities, trainers, and coaches take the appropriate safety precautions, to ensure you are protected against accidents and injuries that can occur.
At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., our experienced brain injury attorneys understand the devastating and disabling effects a sports-related brain injury can have on every area of your life. We can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable, so that you can get the compensation you need to recover.
How Sports-Related Brain Injuries Occur
Brain injuries can result from any type of bump, blow, or jolt to the head that causes disruption to the neurological processes. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) reports that sports and recreational activities are among one of the leading causes of brain injuries in the U.S, responsible for roughly one out of every four cases. The following lists the most common types of sports in which brain injuries can occur:
- Cycling, whether done alone, competitively or as part of a group;
- Youth and adult league sports, such as football, baseball, basketball, and soccer;
- Watersports, including scuba diving, swimming, and surfing;
- Winter sports, such as sledding and skiing;
- Gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading competitions.
Injuries can result from falling or from contact with other players or objects or, in water-based sports, as the result of a lack of oxygen. While sports-related brain injuries can result in lingering impairments and long term disabilities, they can be prevented if the proper safety precautions are in place.
How A Brain Injury Attorney Can Help
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the rate of sports-related brain injuries has increased by nearly 50 percent over the last decade. This has prompted those that host sports and recreational activities and those who coach and train participants to become more cautious and conscientious about rules and guidelines and how they handle injuries when they do occur.
At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C, we can assist you in holding coaches, team organizers, facility owners, and staff liable for the injuries you suffer if they were negligent in taking the necessary actions to ensure your safety. Examples include:
- Failure to provide or enforce the use of safety equipment, such as helmets and pads;
- Failure to provide the proper environment, such as not supplying mats or failing to maintain equipment or sports playing fields;
- Failure to be aware of the signs of brain injury and not removing injured players from play;
- Allowing players who were previously injured to return to play before being cleared by a doctor.
Have You Suffered A Sports Injury?
If you have suffered a sports-related brain injury, contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. today. Our brain injury attorneys provide the professional, award winning legal representation you need to ensure your rights are protected, and can advise you on the best course of actions to get the compensation you deserve.