Undoubtedly, skateboarding can be a dangerous activity. More than 64,500 teenagers and children have skateboarding injuries each year. That's more than 176 emergency room visits each day.
Many skateboarding accidents involve vehicles. Vehicles may hit a skateboarder, or the skateboarder may have been skitching, which involves holding on to a moving vehicle while skating. No matter the cause of the accident, skateboarders and/or their parents - if the skateboarders are minors - may be interested in knowing if they have a personal injury case.
The Most Common Skateboarding Injuries
Fractures and dislocations are among the most common skateboarding-related injuries. Skateboarders commonly fracture their arms, wrists, legs, back, and even skull. Additionally, skateboarders may experience sprains, strains, cuts, and bruises.
In serious skateboarding accidents, victims may experience spinal cord injuries and even traumatic brain injuries. These injuries depend on the impact, speed, and direction of the skateboarder and vehicle. Some accidents cause injuries only noticed later on.
No matter what kind of accident you find yourself in, be sure to receive medical treatment right away. This minimizes the pain you feel and allows you to establish a paper trail for evidence.
Many skateboarding injuries are expensive to treat. They require immediate medical treatment, especially if they involve fractures or head trauma. Many skateboarders know all too well how expensive emergency room visits and follow-up appointments can be.
Even when skateboarders do their best to prevent injuries, like by skating at a skate park or by wearing a helmet, these steps do not always prevent severe injuries. However, even if somebody was not wearing protective gear, they can still potentially pursue a personal injury case.
The Responsibility for Skateboarding Injuries
Laws surrounding skateboarding can be complicated in Michigan. For example, one ordinance in Grand Rapids made skateboarding unlawful in the downtown area. Laws can certainly complicate the matter of an injured skateboarder, but this does not mean drivers do not have a duty of care toward skateboarders and other pedestrians, even in areas where skateboarding is illegal.
If you think you might still have a case even if you skated somewhere illegal, discuss the options with your attorney.
Of course, not all personal injury cases involving skateboards result from vehicles. In some cases, skateboarders sue landowners for liability. Skateboarders who are injured on public or private property have the right to pursue cases under the theory of premises liability.
Under the concept of premises liability, a landowner is liable for injuries that occur on his or her property. This especially applies if the injuries were legally considered foreseeable. For minors, parents may want to consider this case if their child was invited onto private property to skate.
The Pursuit of Compensation for Skateboarding Injuries
Contacting a personal injury attorney is crucial for pursuing a personal injury claim involving skateboarding. If the laws put your case in a gray area, you especially need the guidance of a personal injury attorney.
In court, your personal injury attorney will demonstrate that the defendant is liable based on negligence. Claims of negligence have a basis on four specific elements. First, the attorney determines the defendant had a duty. Second, this person breached their duty. Third, this breach of duty caused an accident. Fourth, the breach led to damages.
The Rothstein Law Group fights for the little guys, and that includes you. We understand that the laws can be complex and that landowners may not always want to pay for damages they are responsible for. That's why we use aggressive legal tactics to maximize your financial recovery. Call us today to learn more and set up a free consultation.