Defective Sports Equipment Attorneys
Most sports are played using special sports equipment like helmets, masks, and rollerblades. Properly constructed gear is especially important in rough contact sports like football and hockey, and in high adrenaline speed-based sports like skiing, rollerblading, and snowboarding. When sports equipment malfunctions or conceals hidden defects that render it unstable and weak, the resulting injuries can be serious and even fatal.
Find out more about sports equipment defects and your rights. Contact a lawyer at our firm for a free consultation.
Defective Winter Sports Equipment
Winter sports injuries are some of the most damaging, life-altering injuries. Every winter, as people head to ski slopes to snowboard, toboggan, ski and sled, they are exposed to risk. Many of these occur due to inherent design defects and manufacturing flaws in equipment. Manufacturers of winter sports equipment often conveniently blame the training of the sportsman for any accidents, refusing to take responsibility.
Defective Helmets & Masks
Defects in helmets and masks have been the focus of dozens of injury lawsuits, although these were more common in the seventies than they are now. Over the past few decades, the possibility of liability in an accident involving a defective helmet has forced manufacturers to adopt stringent manufacturing and testing processes for their helmets, drastically bringing down the number of injuries associated with these.
However, amateur and professional players continue to be at risk for punctured/crushed helmets or damage to mask bars.
Head and brain injuries are some of the most long-lasting sports injuries. These are especially common in contact sports like football and hockey where players regularly collide with several hundred pounds of force or crash into hard, unforgiving surfaces. To prevent injuries in sports like these, players must wear football and hockey helmets that are well designed, properly constructed, and sturdy enough to protect a player's head from impact. Catcher's masks have to be especially sturdy to prevent injuries from baseballs traveling at more than 90 miles per hour.
The injuries resulting from defective helmets and masks often have a domino effect, quickly putting other highly sensitive and delicate organs like the brain and spine at risk. Head injuries that result from wearing a defective helmet or face mask can range from concussions to traumatic brain injury. A concussion can result in loss of consciousness and amnesia. If the state of unconsciousness is prolonged, the state of amnesia continues, or a scan reveals abnormalities, the person may need immediate treatment to ensure that no long term damage is sustained.
Defective Paintball Guns
Paintball is a seemingly harmless sport that entertains many on a daily basis, but in fact you could be seriously injured or even killed as a result of a defective paintball gun. Often, paintball guns are recalled because of improper discharge. In 2008, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, over 20,000 people were injured because of air and paintball guns. Although safety measures have improved the sport since it first became popular, many older guns and equipment are still used. Even new guns still pose a serious safety threat.
Manufacturers of paintball equipment are aware of the potential danger that can be caused by a defect in the valve-and-cylinder combination of the gun, but there is improper safety awareness among paintball users. There have been documented cases of people dying after being struck by the gun's carbon-dioxide-filled cylinder after the valve becomes unintentionally detached. National Paintball Supply, and consequently its successor KEE Action Sports, are now obligated to more publicly warn about the possible danger of defective paintball valves.
Sports Equipment Injury FAQ
How can sports equipment cause injury?
When sports equipment is designed and manufactured properly, it will serve its purpose in protecting an athlete. If it is defective or does not fit, however, it can cause more harm than good. Whether we’re talking about a child wearing a peewee football helmet or a professional gymnast using uneven bars, faulty equipment can cause lasting injuries and even death in some cases. That’s why sports equipment manufacturers need to be held accountable for any defects, misleading advertising, or failure to warn.
What are the types of sports equipment defects?
Sports equipment may be defective in various ways. It may have a manufacturing defect in the way it was produced, which would affect only a single product or a series of products. It may be designed poorly, which would affect all items of that design. It may also be marketed improperly, claiming uses or safety standards it cannot fulfill. Or, it may lack proper instruction for use or warning labels, which would affect consumers’ ability to use the product the right way. In any of these scenarios, serious injuries could result.
How do I know if I have a lawsuit?
If you or someone you love was injured while playing a sport, you may wonder whether the equipment was to blame. The best way to find out if you have a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer is to talk to an attorney. A thorough investigation will reveal whether the equipment was defective. If so, you could be entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic damages like lost wages, medical care, and emotional trauma.
Call (888) 493-1629 If You've Suffered from Faulty Sports Equipment
Finding out more about your legal rights should be a primary concern if you or a family member has been injured by defective sports equipment. If a defect was the cause of your injuries, you will need a knowledgeable advocate to protect your legal rights and prove the liability of the manufacturer. That is where Arnold & Itkin comes in.
Contact a product liability lawyer regarding your defective sports equipment claim. Our team is ready to talk when you call (888) 493-1629.