Legal Aspects of a Sports-Related Injury

June 7, 2019 | By

Whether you participate in or watch sports from time to time, situations can develop where you receive a sports-related injury. For both participants and spectators, these injuries can be serious and life changing. However, while many people assume these cases always go in favor of the victim, that is not the case. Due to their many complexities, here are some of the most important legal aspects of sports-related injuries, and how a Portland Oregon injury attorney from Pickett Dummigan McCall can help.

Assumption of Risk
As a spectator or participant, the “assumption of risk” is the deciding factor as to whether a lawsuit can be brought against another party. For example, if you attend a baseball game, you do so knowing there is a risk a foul ball could hit you. Thus, by choosing to enter the stadium, you knowingly assumed the risk, lessening the chances of filing a successful personal injury lawsuit.

Intentional or Reckless Behavior
While the “assumption of risk” often prohibits a successful lawsuit, intentional or reckless behavior is another matter entirely. In these situations, a lawsuit can be filed if something occurs that is considered out of the ordinary. For example, if you are playing a tennis match and your opponent suddenly jumps the net and begins hitting you with their racket, a lawsuit can be brought forth based on their intentional and reckless behavior toward you. 

In other sports-related injuries, negligence plays a key role. In these situations, if faulty equipment is given to participants, a field’s conditions are dangerous for players, or proper safeguards are not put in place, an injured participant can file a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence and carelessness. 

If you are suffering due to a sports-related injury that occurred through no fault of your own, contact a Portland Oregon injury attorney at Pickett Dummigan McCall to schedule a consultation.

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