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Who is Responsible for Negligent Death or Injury to a Student Athlete?

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Football Player Passes Away When School Did Not Follow Proper Procedure

Football season is upon us, and student athletes at all levels are getting prepared by working out and practicing in extreme heat and dangerous conditions. What tragically transpired at The University of Maryland not too long ago is a reminder that the protection of the student athlete is more important than ever. Per a report from Inside Higher Ed, football trainers, coaches, and staff members did not follow proper procedure when dealing with a player who was suffering from heat stroke during a team practice. Due to their negligence, student athlete Jordan McNair died due to complications of heat-related illness.

Inexplicably, the staff at The University of Maryland did not use a cold immersion bath when treating Jordan. The American Council of Science and Health published an article detailing the life saving ability that such simple and inexpensive tubs can have for student athletes that become overheated. Heat related illness is just one of the many injuries student athletes sustain that can be avoided and prevented when coaches, trainers, and athletic staff employees are properly trained in dealing with such injuries. When these injuries do occur, someone must bear responsibility.

When Is the School Protected?

Schools will often have parents sign waiver form that limit their liability when a student athlete is injured. Such waivers protect the school from being sued for “ordinary” injuries that occur to your child and that are part of the risk of playing said sport. For instance, the school is not responsible for a sprained ankle that occurred during basketball practice. However, the school is not protected when an injury or situation occurs that is not an ordinary part of the sport.

When we entrust the safety of our children to coaches and trainers at a school or university, we expect that they have been adequately trained and educated to deal with student athlete injuries. When an injury could have been prevented or was negligently caused due to an unsafe environment, then you should seek assistance from an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm.

How The Chiozza Law Firm Can Help

We have experience in dealing with injury claims that were caused or contributed by a negligent school. These claims are devastating to see because they were usually preventable. If you believe your son or daughter sustained an injury that could have been prevented, contact The Chiozza Law Firm at 901-526-9494 for a free, confidential consultation. We will go over all your legal rights and options prior to any legal action, ensuring that you make the best decision for you and your family.

For emergency assistance and after hour consultations, please contact Attorney Brian Chiozza.



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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 9:20 AM
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