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Sports Injuries and Colorado Law

Based on data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 million children in the United States take part in organized youth sports activities, and more than 3.5 million children receive medical treatment for sports injuries on an annual basis. Common sports injuries among children include muscle strains and sprains, cuts, broken bones, and head and brain injuries.

Barriers to recovering monetary compensation

One of the primary obstacles to recovering financial compensation following a youth sports injury is the consent waiver that most parents or guardians are required to sign as a condition of their child’s participation in sports activities. Under Colorado law, schools can require that parents sign waivers releasing the school or sports organization from ordinary negligence. These waivers typically contain the following provisions:

Parents who sign a waiver clause in Colorado typically waive damages for negligent behavior. A waiver clause does not, however, bar suits for intentional misconduct or violations of the law.

Examples of behavior that may lead to liability

The following are examples of behavior resulting in a player’s injury that could potentially subject a school or sports organization to liability for a coach’s actions:

If your child is injured playing sports, an experienced, skilled youth sports injury attorney can help you build a solid case showing that the sports activity sponsor is liable for the harm done to your child. For more than 20 years, the attorneys at Bell & Pollock, P.C. have helped injured Coloradans recover damages for their injuries.