Denver Sports Medicine Malpractice Lawyers
When Athletes suffer injuries, they deserve the best emergency care and ongoing medical treatment. Sports medicine professionals have a duty of care to athletes. When they fail in that duty, they can be held responsible for negligence.
Sports teams and schools employ athletic trainers to provide specialized care for athletes who are injured. This care includes prevention, diagnosis, and emergency treatment for injuries sustained or conditions developed from the sport. Athletic trainers must be certified, for which they are required to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited athletic training program. They must also pass a comprehensive exam administered by the Board of Certification and continue their education for routine certification renewal.
Responsibilities of trainers involve far more than treating mid-game injuries. For example, they are also responsible for:
- Teaching athletes to stretch properly
- Setting splints and bandaging
- Rehabilitation for injuries
- Supervising workouts following an injury
- Approving an athlete’s return to play
To help ensure the health and safety of athletes, medical professionals must conduct pre-participation exams and on-field evaluations in the event of an injury, including proper concussion protocols. Players can be seriously harmed when sports medical providers are negligent. Examples include:
- Traumatic brain injury resulting from failure to diagnose a concussion, or from returning an athlete to play too soon after a head injury
- Neck and spinal cord damage from failure to identify or properly treat trauma to the neck or spine
- Muscle injury requiring surgery caused by misdiagnosis and improper treatment for sprains
- Cardiac arrest resulting from improper cardiovascular screening and evaluation in a pre-participation exam
In a medical malpractice case, injured parties are entitled to seek compensation for several different types of damages:
- Economic damages: This may include compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and other related out-of-pocket expenses.
- Noneconomic damages: This category of damages is designed to compensate the injured party for losses that have no specific price tag, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Physical impairment: Damages may be awarded for physical disabilities, scarring and disfigurement, or any long-term physical impairment.
Sports medical malpractice claims are complex matters involving complicated legal and medical issues. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers on their payrolls to defend against medical malpractice claims. Your best chance of recovering full compensation is to have an experienced Denver medical malpractice attorney representing you in your case.
Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. was founded in 1981. We have more than four decades in practice, with record-breaking cases, and two of the highest medical malpractice verdicts ever awarded in Colorado. Our founding partner is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates, consisting of the top 100 trial lawyers in the U.S.
If you have suffered injury through sports medicine malpractice, call us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906 to find out how we can help. There is no charge for the initial consultation. It is important to act quickly, before the statute of limitations (time limit imposed by law) expires.