The Major League Baseball (MLB) season is back in full swing again this year and baseball fans across Florida are excited. Even if you do not follow the sport, you have probably seen more Miami Marlins or Tampa Bay Rays hats on peoples’ heads than normal. For many people, the baseball season means going to the stadium to enjoy a game outdoors or staying at home to relax on the couch with friends. For some, it means participating in amateur and community games to really enjoy the spirit of baseball as much as possible.
If you are part of this “more involved” second group who likes to run the bases for themselves, you should be aware that no sport is without risk. Without proper training, or when another player acts negligently, serious injuries can occur.
Some of the most common baseball-related injuries are:
- Rotor cuff tears: Whether you are a pitcher, first baseman, or stick only to pinch hitting, baseball is a game that requires shoulder and arm strength. Overuse of these muscles from throwing the ball or swinging a bat may cause a painful rotator cuff tear that debilitates shoulder movement.
- Tennis elbow: While this might seem like a misnomer, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a constant pain in the elbow that frequently afflicts baseball players. When the pain feels more like it is on the outside of the elbow joint than within it, it is called golfer’s elbow. You might be seeing a link between sports and joint injuries at this point.
- Dislocation: Shoulders and elbows commonly dislocate during a baseball game, especially when amateurs and regular enthusiasts are the players, but legs can also partially dislocate at the hip or knee. It is important for coaches or game organizers to ensure everyone conducts ample and proper stretching before games to help prevent incapacitating and painful dislocations.
- Concussions: One wild pitch or unbalanced swing of the bat and someone can suffer a concussion or brain injury. Many community baseball games are often played without adequate safety equipment, such as baseball helmets. If you want to play a game this season, you should only do so if you have or are provided the right protective gear.
Liability in Baseball Injury Cases
On the surface of a baseball-related injury, it may appear as if the athlete is to blame for not being more careful or not taking care of themselves. When a case is looked at with more attention to detail, it can be more complicated than just that, and another party might be liable for the injury or accident.
If you are struck by the pitch or swing of another player, were they behaving too recklessly, even for a vigorous sport such as baseball? If you slip and injure your leg running between bases, have the groundskeepers not done their job in maintaining the field? If you develop a sharp pain in your shoulder, should your coach have instructed you to stop training sooner?
All of these questions must be addressed to fairly assess who should be liable for any injuries a baseball player, amateur or professional, sustains. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a community, school, or little league baseball game, you can contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. Our Stuart personal injury attorneys would be happy to evaluate your case during a free initial consultation to determine what your next step should be. Call 866.675.4427 today.