Washington, DC Athlete Injury Lawyer
Representing Victims with Sports Injuries
All athletes accept the risk of injuries when playing sports. Although injuries are sometimes inevitable, there are certain situations where injuries could have been prevented had responsible parties taken reasonable measures.
Whether these injuries occur in youth sports, team sports, or recreational leagues, there are governing and responsible organizations that have a legal duty to ensure the safety of their athletes. If it can be proven that such injuries occurred as a direct result of a party’s negligence, then injured victims have a right to pursue a financial recovery by filing a personal injury claim.
There are many laws to protect athletes, and a qualified attorney can help make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. Contact a sports injury attorney today if you have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence. The lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. provide representation for victims of recreational and sports accidents. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Common Sports-Related Injuries
A sports injury refers to any injury sustained by an individual participating in a sporting event. Many different types of injuries occur during sports and recreational activities. Some of the most common include:
- Sprains and strains
- Back injuries
- Knee injuries
- Head injuries
These are just a few of the most common sports-related injuries. If you have suffered an injury while playing sports, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Once a doctor has seen you, you can speak with a sports injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.
Head, Neck & Spinal Cord Injuries
Contact sports carry a high risk of serious head, neck, and spinal cord injuries. Concussions are brain injuries that can severely impact a person’s behavioral, emotional, and cognitive abilities, especially after an athlete has suffered repeated injuries.
Many athletes have suffered at least one concussion during their careers. Tackles and falls can also lead to fractures or ruptured vertebrae, which in the worst cases can result in paralysis. If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury or catastrophic injury while playing sports, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our firm to talk about your rights.
Who Is Liable for Sports Injuries?
Many different factors can contribute to a sports injury. Sometimes the responsibility may fall on the shoulders of the:
- Equipment manufacturers
- School districts
- Other players
- Trainers or medical staff
- Owners of the sports venue
A qualified sports injury lawyer will be able to investigate your case and determine who may be liable for your sports-related injury.
Examples of Negligence Leading to Sports Injuries
Sports injuries occur daily and often require expensive medical attention and recovery time. Millions of athletes, including young athletes, suffer from injuries related to their sport.
However, while certain organized sports and athletes may be more prone to accidents and injuries than others, establishing negligence s the key legal element in a sports injury case.
Negligence may involve any of the following:
- Failure to provide adequate protective equipment
- Failure to medically manage an athlete
- Allowing an injured athlete to play, causing more serious medical conditions
- Poor maintenance of fields and other surfaces, or equipment
- Failing to correct hazardous or dangerous conditions
- Requiring inappropriate workouts or training, in relation to an athlete’s ability level
- Requiring practice or training in dangerous conditions, including excessive heat
- Abusive, unlicensed, negligent, or improperly trained coaches
- Defective sports equipment
Even if the injured person signed a liability waiver before participating in a sport, there are still situations in which the at-fault party may be held liable for contributing to an injury. Our legal team can secure evidence that supports your claim by conducting thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding your accident and injury.
Our Washington, D.C. sports injury attorneys have the experience needed to highlight the failures of those in positions of responsibility. With these skills, our work ethic, and our unwavering commitment to clients, we fight for the compensation injured athletes deserve.
How CSCS Can Help
For more than 50 years, the Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyers of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have successfully represented individuals and families who have been injured or lost loved ones due to someone else’s negligence. Here is a small sample of some of our successful verdicts and settlements:
- $15 million for a woman who was permanently paralyzed from the neck down due to being struck by a stray bullet.
- $6 million on behalf of a man who suffered a brain injury due to a rear-end collision.
- $5 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a 14-year-old client who suffered a severe brain injury due to a doctor’s inappropriate use of a chemical product.
- $4.8 million on behalf of a severely injured man when his motorcycle struck a trailer being pulled by a minivan.
- $4.5 million for a woman who was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident after being struck from behind by a transit bus in a crosswalk.
See additional examples of our case victories and settlements on our “Case Results” page.
Contact Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you are looking for the highest level of representation available for your personal injury case, turn to Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our firm has helped clients recover more than $500 million in compensation, and we have more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our partners are recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®, and our firm includes three past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.If you, your child, or a loved one has suffered a sports injury or wrongful death that you believe was caused by another, take advantage of our firm’s free case evaluations to learn more about your rights and how our team can help. We work to help our clients obtain fair settlement offers to compensate them for the injuries they’ve suffered, but our attorneys are extremely well-equipped to go to trial if needed.