June 6, 2016

What Should I Do After a Sports-Related Accident?


As a Taekwondo black belt who also competes in Olympic sparring, I’m very conscious of my health and wellbeing along with my fellow competitors’. Taekwondo strengthens both the mind and body, teaching you how to properly use technique and form for self-defense while causing the least harm on yourself. Through practicing Taekwondo, I’ve seen firsthand how poor training and lack of knowledge can lead to severe injuries.

By participating in certain high risk activities and sports, we are assuming the risk of injury. This is especially true when it comes to contact sports such as Olympic sparring, skiing or football, where injuries are commonplace. However, negligent actions can easily occur when participating in sports and recreational activities that cause injuries that are not commonplace in the sport. Examples of negligence include poor facility maintenance of facility, improper training of personnel, or faculty equipment, in which a person, organization, or company can be held liable for your injuries.

When it comes to you or your families’ health and wellbeing, understanding the risks and how best to avoid injuries during these activities can prevent a fun outing from turning into tragedy. However, if any injury does occur, here are three quick tips to follow:

1) It goes without saying that you need to get medical care immediately. If you participate in a team contact sport, it’s important to understand the signs of a concussion, a common yet potentially life-threatening head injury. A few examples of concussion symptoms are headaches, lethargy, nausea and vomiting, balance problems, dizziness, and difficulty communicating. No matter how minor your head injury may be, be sure to get evaluated by a medical professional before returning to your sport or activity.

2) Make sure to report the injuries sustained at the time of occurrence. If your injury happened at a facility such as a gym, swimming pool, or city park, alert any coach, instructor or personnel available. It’s important to report with a detailed and accurate account of what took place as soon as you can.

3) Get in contact with a personal injury attorney with experience in sports-related and recreational accident cases for guidance on moving forward. My team and I at Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel are prepared to support you and your family during this stressful situation and make sure you have someone fighting for your rights. We will investigate all possible factors of negligence in your accident, including faulty equipment manufacturing, improper training or hiring of personnel, failure to enact proper rules for concussions, and get you the justice you deserve..