As an athlete, you automatically assume the risk of injury that comes with playing a sport. Other players, teachers, referees, and coaches are usually not liable for sports related injuries. However, personal trainers, gym owners, and coaches may be liable on a few different conditions:
- If the owner of the facility has failed to meet the proper safety standards
- If there is a negligent action that occurs or if an action is intentionally reckless
- If there is an out of the ordinary risk that was previously assumed.
A person might also be liable if there are unsafe environmental conditions present. Such as:
- Failure to fill in holes
- Failure to provide protective padding to raw materials
- Failure to provide proper goals, benches, and boundaries
If the coaches or athletic facility fail to provide safety gear or equipment, then they might also be liable in the event of an injury. Also pertaining to proper equipment or gear, athletes may be able to recover any damages if the injury was the direct result of a defective piece of equipment. Some examples of potential damages collected include: Medical bills, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and physical therapy costs. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a sports injury, you are highly encouraged to seek the advice of a Personal Injury Attorney.