If your child was training at their sports facility and they told their coach or instructor that they felt pain but the instructor made them continue and now your child is injured, you need to meet with a personal injury lawyer right away. There are a lot of risks and hazards that can occur when adults don't listen to minors, especially when the minors have said they need to take a break or stop. There are a few things you'll want to look into before you meet with your personal injury lawyer.
Did the Facility Have a Video of the Incident?
Many facilities will tape practices and competitions, so ask the owners of the building right away if they have surveillance cameras and if you can see what happened. If they don't give you the footage or aren't willing to show it to you, your attorney may want to get a court order to get possession of the video and to see if anything on the video can be used in court.
How Bad is Your Child Injured?
Some injuries would justify prosecution and a potential settlement. If your child has any of these types of injuries, you need to provide medical proof of the injury:
- Spine, neck or back injuries
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Damage that requires surgery
- Permanent injuries
Your lawyer will look at the specific details that relate to your child's injuries and case and then find out what type of compensation you deserve.
There are some specific documents you want to bring with you to the appointment. Make sure that you get copies of these:
- X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound or CT scans
- Statement from a medical expert documenting the injuries
- Medical bills to date
Your lawyer will let you know if you need any other documents for your case. The medical facilities where you were treated can easily print off all your statements and information.
If your child was told to do something that they said that they couldn't do, or they asked to stop, their trainer is at fault for their injury because they made your child keep going. You will want to get written statements from any other eye witnesses that were at the training center when the injury took place, and ask anyone if they would be willing to testify in your child's behalf if needed for the case. Your lawyer will know what where to go with this information.
For more information, talk with a personal injury lawyer directly.