If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury while participating in a recreational sports league, a personal injury attorney can help make you whole again. From medical bills to lost wages, a personal injury lawyer should be the first person you call after suffering a serious medical injury.
Here are some of the most common ways a personal injury lawyer can help you after a sports injury.
Before you participated in a recreational sports league, you likely signed your name at the bottom of a waiver you didn't read. These waivers are often the first thing a recreational sports league will cite after one of their participants is injured. Most of these waivers are generic and often sampled from a few versions commonly found with a quick Google search.
Specifics: because most recreational leagues use generic waivers, they do not provide the specific language needed to provide complete legal protection in court. The most common types of injuries suffered during recreational sports league games are caused by faulty equipment or improperly maintained facilities. Most sports waivers do not provide the specific language needed to account for injuries suffered by this type of negligence. One of the first things a personal injury lawyer will do after you hire them is to find loopholes in the waiver you signed to participate in the league. If they're able to find fault with the waiver, they will proceed with litigation.
When you suffer a personal injury, you don't often deal with lawyers until you've exhausted other options. The recreational sport league's insurance provider will normally be your first point of contact. Whether you are dealing with medical bills or obtaining compensation for lost wages, the insurance provider will utilize an adjuster to handle claims and settlements.
Policy Maximums: insurance providers want to write you a check that makes you go away. If possible, they want these checks to be as small as possible. Before you agree to receive a cent from an insurance company, you should always consult with a personal injury attorney. Even if you've negotiated with the insurance company without the help of a lawyer, you'll want to make sure that you are maximizing the policy limits. Once you sign off on a settlement, you will likely not be able to seek additional damages or litigate your case in court if you get a bad deal. Most personal injury lawyers won't charge you a dime unless they help you negotiate for an even larger settlement.
To learn more, contact a personal injury attorney.