My Child Was Injured While Playing Youth Sports — Should I Sue?

My Child Was Injured While Playing Youth Sports — Should I Sue?

Youth sports are amazing. They can build confidence, teamwork skills, and even help improve grades! But when devastation strikes, where does it leave you and your child when the bills start coming in? Are you entitled to compensation?

Who's responsible?

Before you even start writing your letter, you need to determine who is responsible financially. Is it the team or group, or the parents? The answer is a little more difficult and not always obvious. It all depends on exactly what happened and how bad the injury is. Doing your research beforehand will save you a lot of headaches later.

When is the team responsible?

Any time the coach could have reasonably prevented the injury (such as providing proper, working equipment), or it can be proven that teammates or opponents intentionally caused unnecessary harm to your child, the team can be held responsible.

Do you have a right to compensation?

Absolutely, if someone was negligent in looking out for your child's safety. If you have any doubts, please contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. They will be able to help you decide if you should pursue compensation and how much you should seek!

What's Next?

Once you're child is on the mend, you may realize it could be someone's negligence that caused their injury. If you determine that's the case it's important to know how to write a demand letter to make sure that you're doing the best you can to support your child and recover any money possible to help take care of medical bills and help compensate for any lost time at work.

  1. Typing vs. Writing

To help you be as clear as possible and make it as easy as possible for your letter to be understood, typing is highly recommended.

  1. Stick with Facts

It may be tempting to speak from your emotions, but it's crucial that you stick only with the facts. Go into as much fact-based detail as possible, in chronological order.

  1. Be professional and polite.

You're angry - and you have a right to be. But the more angry, hostile, and rude you are, the more you invite the other party to act the same way.

  1. Keep Your Goal in Mind

As you write, make sure that you're encouraging the other party to ponder their risks and costs if they ignore or fight you on the claim. Make them wonder: Do I really want this dispute to be settled in public?

  1. Be Clear About Your Needs

If you want $3k, don't be coy. Clearly state what sort of compensation you're looking for, how you came to that figure, and why you think it's fair.

  1. Have an Absolute Deadline

Typically, a demand letter gives the other party 7 - 10 days to respond. You can even specify that you'd prefer a response by mail, email, phone, so on.

  1. Closing the Letter

You'll want to end your letter by reminding them that if they do not take prompt action to meet your demands, you won't waste time pursuing legal remedies.

  1. Protect Yourself

Make copies of your letter before you send it so that you have a copy for reference. You'll also want to keep all post office receipts. Be sure that you send a copy both by regular and certified mail. When you send it through regular mail, make sure that you send it with a tracking and delivery confirmation just in case the other party refuses to sign for the letter.

Youth sports have a lot of positive benefits for both children and parents but sometimes injuries do happen and knowing your options for compensation can help getting everything resolved for everyone. 


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