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Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer For A Sports-Related Injury?

Toronto personal injury lawyers have noticed a rise in sports-related injuries in Ontario over the past few years. The rate of emergency room visits for sports injuries went from around 800 cases per every 100,000 people in 2003, up to a little over 1,000 cases per every 100,000 people in 2009. The rate of emergency room visits for sports injuries is highest in the age group that runs from age 10 to 19 years old.

It makes sense that the younger part of the population would have a higher rate of sports injury incidents than the rest of the population because younger people take more risks playing sports. Some of the risks that people are taking playing sports include:

  • Playing without sufficient protective gear.
  • Playing on an improper surface.
  • Playing near a dangerous situation, such as playing in a parking lot near traffic.
  • Not segregating players by age or gender.

The last risk is of special concern to Toronto long-term disability lawyers. When people decide to mix genders and ages in full contact sports, that can bring up a long list of potential liabilities. But it can also create problems for the injured party, such as being denied financial assistance because the victim was complacent in the act. When you agree to play in a contact sport, the liability can be tricky if you are injured.

Because there is a rise in sports-related injuries, personal injury lawyers such as
David Himelfarb are taking a special interest in representing the injured parties. Sports injury cases are not as cut and dry as people may think they are. The liability can be difficult to establish and there may be several insurance interests involved when an injury occurs. The difficult part is trying to figure out if any of the insurance interests are liable to pay for the emergency medical costs and the cost of ongoing care.

Playing sports can be fun, but playing irresponsibly can be dangerous. Not only can someone get hurt, but the injured party may be personally liable for all of his medical bills. There may also be a chance that the injured party will not receive financial assistance for his ongoing care. Some of the potential ongoing costs include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Ongoing medical treatment
  • The need for medicine and medical equipment
  • The need to keep a clean and sanitary home

The best approach to playing sports is to make sure that you have the proper equipment and that you are playing on an appropriate surface. Playing tackle football in a parking lot is going to lead to a serious injury, yet it happens all of the time. If you do find yourself injured while playing sports, then you need to contact a lawyer immediately. A good lawyer will know how to fight for your rights and get you the kind of financial assistance you need to live your life.

 

For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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