You wanted a fun activity to blow off steam and socialize with friends. Instead, you suffered a serious injury that has impacted your life in terrible ways.
If your injury was caused by someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, you might be able to file a legal claim to get compensation for the costs of your injury. Steven H. Heisler helps injured people get the payment they deserve.
Contact the Baltimore injury lawyer today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Types of Recreational Injuries
The term “recreational injury” can include any number of injuries, and knowing the exact cause of each often requires an analysis by someone familiar with liability laws. Here are a few general categories to give you a better idea of what specific case type you have.
These injuries are considered premises liability cases. They stem from slick floors, unstable surfaces, falling objects or any other unsafe property conditions.
- Who is at fault? The property owner or manager is responsible for the safety of their property and can be held liable for injuries someone suffers while on that property.
Faulty equipment can cause serious injuries to users. For example, a poorly made bow can injure a user’s hand, or a defective helmet can fail to prevent a child’s injury in a bicycle accident.
- Who is at fault? The manufacturer of the faulty product can be held responsible for any injuries caused by the defective product or product component.
Vehicles like boats or ATVs are common recreational vehicles that people use to enjoy the great outdoors. They are also notoriously dangerous if they are defective.
- Who is at fault? The manufacturer of a faulty vehicle or vehicle component bears responsibility if their product causes someone harm.
Injuries caused by another person
If a coach, driver or fellow participant in a sporting activity causes someone’s injuries, they might also be liable for any injuries the person suffers.
- Who is at fault? In these cases, the person whose actions or inactions led to the injury is responsible for covering the costs of that injury.
Are Sports Injuries Grounds for a Lawsuit?
While people love playing sports because of the physical, mental and social benefits they offer, sports of all kinds carry risks for participants. However, just because a sport is inherently risky, this doesn’t mean that an injured participant is without legal options. If an injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, meaning carelessness, then the injured participant is well within their rights to explore legal action.
Some of the most popular sporting activities that can lead to injury include…
- Boating sports, like kayaking, rowing or canoeing
Many other sports can also lead to serious injuries. Not every injury is grounds for a lawsuit, but preventable injuries caused by someone’s negligence are potentially a basis for legal action. If you aren’t sure whether your injury is grounds for an injury claim, we’re here to help you find answers. Contact Steven H. Heisler to schedule a free consultation so we can help you better understand your legal options.
Injuries to Children
When a child is injured, the consequences can be far greater than those of an injury to an adult. Children are in critical developmental stages, and they have their entire lives to deal with the fallout of an injury. These cases are very serious because the damages are so great.
Children engage in more recreational activities than adults, so they are also more likely to be injured while playing a sport. Teachers, coaches and other caretakers have a responsibility to make sure that young people face as little risk as possible. When these or other individuals cause our children harm, we can file personal injury claims to cover the costs of medical care, along with other expenses related to the injury.
Examples of Injuries
Most recreational injuries that result in personal injury claims involve sudden trauma. A few of the most common injuries include…
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries or spinal cord injuries
- Fractured bones – hips, knees, wrists, ankles, etc.
- Severe soft tissue damage.
In many cases, several injuries stem from one single incident. For example, a severe impact to the head might cause both a traumatic brain injury and a neck injury. If you suffer a serious injury in a recreational setting, always seek immediate medical attention and follow your doctor’s advice.
How a Recreational Injury Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured during a recreational activity, you have the right to explore your legal options. Steven H. Heisler has years of experience holding negligent people accountable for the harm they’ve caused his clients.
We will meet with you to learn more about the circumstances surrounding your injury. If we accept your case, we’ll find out who was at fault and determine how much compensation you are owed. We make sure our client’s cases get the attention they deserve.
To learn more about your options, contact Steven H. Heisler today to schedule a free consultation.