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Athletic Fields Need To Be Maintained To Reduce Concussion Risks


Sometimes, young athletes sustain head injuries when playing a sport. Often head injury risks are associated with playing football, for example. In order to make the sport safer there have been advancements in the design of sporting equipment, such as helmets, and coaching techniques. But one area that is often ignored is the playing surface. Concussions are possible due to poorly maintained athletic fields.

After an athletic injury is sustained, the circumstances surrounding the injury need to be assessed. If another’s behavior was negligent, there could be a premises liability claim to help you and your family pay medical bills and move past the event. While life may never be the same as it was prior to the accident, securing a full compensation package means the best care can be accessed. Talk to a Bucks County personal injury attorney to learn about your options.

Different Types of Fields Carry Different Risks

There are many different kinds of athletic fields and each one must be maintained in a manner that is in line with the materials used. For example, many athletic facilities and schools have moved away from grass fields and now use turf fields. While these synthetic fields do not require as much care as a grass field, they do wear out and proper upkeep is necessary.

Benefits of synthetic fields over grass fields:

  • Reduction in water needs, which conserves water.
  • Durable and no need to seed, fertilize or mow.
  • Allergy reduction, no grass pollen.
  • Can be used in a range of weather conditions.
  • Smooth, softer surface.

Naturally, to enjoy all of the benefits of a synthetic field it needs to be maintained correctly. Too often, facilities take advantage of the durability of these fields and ignore them. This can create dangers.

Materials can degrade with use and wear out over time. For the safety of everyone using the fields, they need to be maintained. It is reckless and irresponsible for a sports facility or school to allow teams to play on a field that could lead to harm.

Head Injuries Can Take Time to Heal

When it comes to sports injuries, many take time to heal and head injuries are no exception. Thankfully, in many instances concessions are mild and a full recovery is possible. Some of the symptoms of a concussion include dizziness, fatigue, memory lapses, headaches, blurry vision, nausea, and mood shifts.

Having an injury assessed as soon as possible is essential. Then, a treatment plan can be put in place. When concussion symptoms extend past a normal recovery time frame, a condition could be diagnosed as post-concussion syndrome. If you have medical bills connected to a Pennsylvania sports-related injury, talk to a Bucks County personal injury attorney.

Did your child sustain a head injury when playing a sport on a poorly maintained athletic facility? You may have a right to financial compensation if the accident was caused by another’s negligence. Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.

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