Sports provide a great avenue for getting or staying fit, participating in a group activity where you can meet new people and forge lifelong friendships, and fuel the competitive spirit within. Sports are all fun and games until someone gets hurt—and make no mistake about it—sports injuries happen all the time. From injuries on the ski slopes to the basketball court, both adults and youth are subject to become injured, sometimes significantly so, while participating in an array of different sports. If you or someone you love has experienced a sports injury, then you may have grounds to collect damages from anyone who may have caused or contributed to your accident. Our sports injury attorney can help you file a claim to recoup your expenses, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
There are two types of sports injuries: acute and overuse injuries. Acute injuries are typically the result of a single, traumatic accident or event. Some examples of acute sports injuries include:
Overuse injuries, on the other hand, tend to be subtle and happen over time. This can make overuse injuries difficult to both diagnose and treat. Some examples include:
The state of Utah has a statute of limitations of four years for personal injury claims. While this is a bit longer than other states offer, you will still want to act as quickly as possible when filing your claim. An experienced personal injury attorney will want to conduct a thorough investigation into the details surrounding the sports injury, and the longer you wait to file a claim, the higher the likelihood of important details or evidence being lost.
You may discover, upon filing your personal injury claim, the third party you filed against blames you for the partial fault of your injuries. If the court decides that you do share some of the liability for your injury, Utah’s comparative fault rule may limit the number of damages you may receive from the other at-fault party. And if it’s determined that you are 50 percent at fault or more, you may not be entitled to collecting any damages at all.
An example of this would be if a third party is found to be at fault for not maintaining their track, field, or court that you are playing sports on, causing you to slip and fall. If it’s determined that you were distracted and your distraction contributed to the fall and subsequent injury, then your damages received would be reduced accordingly, depending on how much your own actions contributed to the event or accident that resulted in an injury.
Don’t delay in filing a sports injury claim if someone’s negligence or wrongful action resulted in your sports injury. You have a right to seek out the damages you’re due, and our Bountiful sports injuries attorney has the expertise to ensure you get the maximum payout possible under the law. We focus on the legal aspects of your case, giving you the time and peace of mind you need to recuperate to the fullest. Contact us now to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation case consultation with our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team.