Concussions in Sports and the Rights of Victims
According to a report conducted by the Women’s Sports Foundation, about 69% of girls and 75% of boys throughout the United States participate in organized, team sports. Since this study, this rate has continued to rise. While participating in sports can be a great part of a person’s mental, emotional, and physical growth, sports can become dangerous if coaches, league officials, and school supervisors do not safeguard the safety of players by taking the time to understand essential preventative measures.
Although many leagues and schools outline protocols in order to keep players safe, many athletes suffer serious injuries every year, many of which are concussions. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 5-10% of all athletes will suffer a concussion during any given sports season. Of course, this percentage increases for athletes who play full-contact sports, such as football players, who face a 75% chance for a concussion at any given moment.
As a result, it is important that professionals who work closely with athletes are able to identify the symptoms of concussions, which may include:
- Difficulty with concentration
- Difficulty with memory
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in energy levels
- Problems sleeping
When coaches, leagues, or school professionals do not identify such issues, athletes can suffer severe injuries, which, in the worst cases, can be fatal. Consequently, leagues or schools may be held accountable in cases where they fail to follow safety standards, which may include:
- Not recognizing signs of concussion
- Failing to remove athletes from play
- Letting athletes return too early
Has Someone You Love Suffered a Serious Sports-Related Injury?
If you or someone you love has sustained a serious injury while playing sports and you believe another person should be held responsible for your harm, we encourage you to get in touch with our Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Schneider Hammers right away. We can examine your condition and the details of your case to determine who should be held liable for your injuries. Because we understand these types of injuries can cause an entire family to suffer emotional pain, we handle these types of cases with sensitivity and work diligently to obtain top-tier results in the shortest amount of time possible.
To discuss your case with an Atlanta personal injury attorney at Schneider Hammers, call our firm, or fill out a case evaluation form online. We are backed by more than 40 years of collective experience.