DuPage County Sports Injury Attorneys

Burr Ridge Sports Injury Lawyer

Recreation Injury Lawyers Serving Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Burr Ridge, and Illinois

Sports and recreational activities are often enjoyable for adults and children alike. Athletics and recreation allow individuals the opportunity to engage in exercise, relieve stress, and practice healthy lifestyles.

There are numerous types of recreational activities and sports games. Some of these activities include:

  • Basketball
  • Kayaking
  • Football
  • Skiing
  • Baseball

These pastimes are Illinois' favorite, but such activities can also cause injuries that can range from minor sprains to traumatic brain injury. In the U.S., 3.2 million emergency room visits are made annually by people five to 14 years of age because of sports or recreation-related injuries. For twelve to seventeen-year-olds, the leading cause of emergency room visits is due to injuries from sports and recreational activities.

Injuries from Recreation and Sports

Sometimes, injuries are inevitable when engaging in recreation and athletic sports. However, the facility, equipment, and game should be reasonably maintained and designed in order to ensure the safety of all participants. Some of the injuries caused by recreational activities and sports are:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Broken bones
  • Death

You may need expensive medical services and time off work to treat these injuries. At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, our dedicated attorneys strive to recover the costs associated with these injuries.

Can I File a Lawsuit for Negligence?

When the equipment's manufacturer, activity's coordinator, or facility's director fail to implement safety measures and procedures for a game or equipment, there may be a negligence case you can pursue. Of course, whether or not you can sue for negligence is dependent upon the details of the situation. There are a few reasons to file a negligence lawsuit for injuries sustained during a recreational or sports activity:

  1. The facility is not maintained. If you were injured on a recreational facility's basketball court due to a damaged floor, you may be able to pursue a premise liability case if the owners of the facility did not properly warn you about the dangerous conditions.
  2. The equipment is broken or improperly functioning—causing an accident which results in an injury. An example of this is using skis that do not work properly, and therefore, cause an accident.
  3. The coordinator of a recreational activity does not design the game to include safety procedures.

How to Prevent Recreation and Sports-related Injuries

While negligence from other parties may play a role in causing recreation-related injuries, oftentimes, participants in sports activities fail to exercise proper precaution. Failure to take cautionary measures increase the chances of becoming injured during a sports activity. For example, an at-risk group for sports-related injuries is adults who have not played a particular sport for an extended period of time. Instead of starting out slow, these adults strongly engage in a recreational activity they have not participated in for some time.

Additional ways to practice precaution while engaging in recreation include:

  • Completing stretches and warm-ups before playing a sport
  • Discontinuing play when hurt and seeking medical attention for injuries
  • Checking equipment to ensure it is properly functioning
  • Taking part in activities that are supervised by certified professionals or coaches
  • Engaging in activities at a facility that is licensed

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Even by taking safety precautions, injuries are sometimes inevitable due to others' negligence. Whether your injury was caused by negligence from a manufacturer, facility, or activity director, our understanding team of legal professionals will aggressively represent you to recover damages that resulted from your injuries. Call the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288, or contact us via email. We serve clients in La Grange Park, Western Springs, and throughout DuPage County.

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