My child was injured while playing a school sport. Now the medical bills are piling up. Are Florida schools legally responsible for school sports injuries?
Participating in school sports allows children to be physically active and teaches skills and discipline that carry into other areas of their lives. However, occasionally injuries happen.
Most schools send home a sports permission slip at the beginning of the school year. When parents sign the form, they state that they understand the normal risks of the sport and that they won't hold the school liable if their child is hurt. What does this form mean if your child is injured in a Florida school sports accident?
It depends on the situation. Sports have inherent risks. Football players get tackled and that can lead to injury. Being hit by the ball is an inherent risk when playing softball or volleyball. Gymnasts can fall. No one is at fault.
But sometimes injuries happen because there wasn't proper safety gear, an adult wasn't paying attention, there wasn't enough supervision, children were pushed too hard, or there was a dangerous condition at the gym or sports facility. In these cases, parents may bring legal actions against their child's school. But in order to win the case, they must prove that the injury could have been prevented.
How do you prove that the school or responsible adult was negligent, reckless or acted with the intention to cause harm? Consult a Boca Raton injury lawyer. The attorney will investigate your child's Florida sports injury, determine who is responsible, and obtain the evidence needed to support your claim.
To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, contact Boca Raton injury attorney David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.