One of America’s favorite pastimes includes a competitive game of football. Especially in Texas, the friendly rivalry of high schools, colleges or professional teams causes an upswing in competitive players and viewers alike. With more football games, however, comes the presence of serious spinal injuries.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) works diligently to protect individual players from inflicting catastrophic back injuries both on the defensive and offensive sides. Unfortunately, one wrong hit can leave young players paralyzed and in tremendous pain. Understanding the potential traumas that can inform you of ways to protect your loved ones. If your family member experiences a spinal cord injury due to playing football, you want to speak with a knowledgeable attorney in obtaining compensatory damages.
Protecting players from obtaining spinal injuries
Football involves high energy and force during game play. The NCAA recommends multiple tactics in avoiding injuries on the field. These include:
- Increase time in practicing safe and correct hitting
- Do not hit with your head down
- Avoid hitting other players directly from behind
- Educate players on the effects of spinal injuries
- Do not maliciously attempt to injure another player
- Avoid hitting another player when game play ends
If your family member receives a catastrophic spinal injury due to an injury occurring on the football field, he or she may be eligible for insurance or damage compensation. Though many spinal cord victims prove reluctant to file lawsuits because of injuries sustained during an exciting football game, you may significantly benefit financially from seeking damages from insurance.
Taking legal action for damages
You may not wish to file a lawsuit for your loved one’s injury by yourself. An experienced attorney can accurately create a solid case using your circumstances and evidence to help them receive compensation. In a spinal cord personal injury case, you can claim damages for:
- Medical costs
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitative care
- Loss of income for you as a caretaker
- Loss of income for your injured loved one
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
Though your love one’s injury occurred in a simple game of football this fall, you can obtain significant damages for their new spinal problems. No one needs to experience spinal injuries alone, so know that the state of Texas accurately assesses injuries’ damages, so you and your loved one can move forward with monetary certainty.