Articles Posted in Sport Related Injuries

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By David A. Wolf, Attorney – Child Injury Lawyer Blog
Trampoline Park and Bounce House Personal Injuries.001Over the past few years, there has been a growth in the number and presence of trampoline parks and indoor bounce house locations and facilities.  While these recreation, sports, amusement park, and theme park attractions can be great ways to have fun and exercise, they are also the locations of unfortunate and preventable injuries to children.  There are risks with any forms of physical activity and sports.  There are also safety measures and rules that should be followed to reduce these risks. If children, parents, and facility supervisors follow and enforce the rules and safety measures, many personal injuries can be prevented.
When a child is a guest or visitor to a trampoline park or bounce house, there is a duty on the part of the trampoline park / bounce house operator and owner to provide a reasonably safe play environment for the children.  The duty is one of the four elements necessary to prove up a case for personal injuries on behalf of the injured child.  The four elements are as the following:
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By  David Wolf, Attorney and Samantha Vloedman, Law Clerk

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Blog

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Throughout the United States, children are being injured in youth sports every day.  Certainly, there are risks in most every sport. However, many injuries can be prevented with better supervision. Furthermore, when a child is injured, it is vital that coaches and trainers take timely action to address the injury and potential complications. This is especially true when a child suffers a head injury.

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By  David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury LawyeBlog

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The recent death of a Louisiana High School student from what appears to be a football related injury raises a question as to the dangers of the sport as well as the future of the sport.  It was reported that Tyrell Cameron, a 16-year-old Franklin Parish High School player, was hurt while covering a punt in the 4th Quarter of a game against Sterlington High School.  Tyrell collapsed after colliding with another player.  A full autopsy will be performed to determine if there were any other causes or conditions that contributed to the tragic death of this teenager. See Louisiana High School Football Player Dies After Suffering Injury During a Friday Night Game. 

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 By  David Wolf, Attorney

Gymnast Personal InjuryIt is certainly an important part of childhood for most children to participate in some sports related activity.  From football to cheerleading to gymnastics to soccer and all sports in between and beyond, youth sports and related activities help make our children more active and better rounded as they mature and head out into the world beyond high school.   For some children especially those in elementary and pre-school, participation in sports related activities can and do lead to serious personal injuries.  Are there inherent risks any time that a child participates in an activity or sports related practice, game, or exhibition?  The simple answer to this question is “Yes”.  However, there are two questions that should be answered when evaluating a potential case involving a sports related activity:
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By David Wolf, Attorney and Robert Fernicola, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

 Trampolines are common sites in most neighborhoods especially those with small children.  While a trampoline can provide children with an activity that is away from the computer, smart phone, X-Box, and other sedentary activities, the trampoline can also be the site or location for serious personal injuries.  Unfortunately, many homeowners,  business owners, school administrators, or amusement – theme park operators  with trampolines on the premises fail to maintain the trampoline in a safe condition OR fail to provide adequate and appropriate adult supervision during the child’s use of a trampoline.   Small children especially those with poor motor skills are especially at risk for trampoline related personal injuries.   There are some safety precautions that can and should be taken as follows:

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By David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

Sports%20baseball%20bat%20glove%20and%20ball.jpgIn most sports, there are boundaries that define the playing field or area including the following:

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Trampoline%20Supervision%20Safety%20Precautions.jpgTrampolines are common in most every community. Many commercial play areas also have trampolines for use by children. While trampolines can provide great fun and a form of exercise for children, trampolines are also well known hazards and risks to children as well. This is especially true for young children who play on trampolines. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported that there were approximately 100,000 trampoline related personal injuries reported in 2009. The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken the position that recreational trampoline use by children is just plain dangerous. Many parents do not recognize the dangers of trampoline use until there is a serious personal injury that grabs the attention of the parents.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Sports%20Related%20Personal%20Injuries%20Cheerleading.jpgCheerleading over the past 10 years has developed into a extremely competitive and dangerous sport. It is been quite some time since the role of cheerleaders has been relegated to the sidelines doing simple cheers and shaking Pom Poms. These days cheerleading is filled with gymnastic maneuvers, acrobatic moves, jumps, flips and other activities that are both exciting to watch and dangerous to perform. Because of the nature of the sport of cheerleading, it is important that schools, coaches, clubs and others set forth policies and procedures for practice and competition. In particular, cheerleading policies and procedures should be comprehensive and include rules, procedures, and guidelines for cheerleaders designated as “flyers” and “spotters”.

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By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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sports%20football%20against%20grey%20background%20sports%20related%20injuries.jpgAn Oswego County, New York high school student died from injuries suffered in a high school football game. Ridge M. Barden, a 16 year old student at Birdlebough High school, suffered severe head trauma when he made helmet- to – helmet contact with another football player. Braden complained of a severe headache and collapsed on the field shortly after the collision. School officials and paramedics were on the scene and transported the teen to a local Syracuse, New York hospital about 30 minutes away. Braden’s condition worsened during transport. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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By Michael P. Healy, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

sports%20football%20against%20grey%20background%20sports%20related%20injuries.jpgA five year old Oahu, Hawaii child suffered severe head trauma as a result of playing tackle football. This child was transported to the hospital in critical condition, where he slipped into a coma. Oahu Pop Warner football, recently introduced a Mighty Mite division, ages 5-7, tackle football program. Pop Warner Officials claim that compared to soccer there are much less sports related injuries.