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Sport Injuries

Tampa Sports Injury Attorneys

Standing Up for the Rights of Wrongfully Injured Students

Sports is one of the most popular extracurricular activities among the youth throughout Florida. In the United States alone, roughly 30 million youth participate in some form of organized sports, which leads to over 3.5 million related injuries each year. While accidents and injuries are inevitable in both sports and childhood, when a young person is hurt due to the negligence of someone else, legal action may be required.

At The Yerrid Law Firm, P.A., our experienced team of Tampa sport injury lawyers is prepared to fight for you if your child has been hurt due to negligence. Our skilled legal team has handled such claims since 1990, so we understand how to determine liability, secure helpful evidence, and argue for your family’s right to just compensation. Our mission is to ensure you have the funds to pay for your child’s medical treatment and other expenses and that such negligence never causes another child to get hurt.

To book your free and no-obligation case evaluation today, call (888) 214-1442 or reach out to our firm online. We serve clients throughout Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and across the United States.

Common Types of Sports Injuries

For children ages 14 or under, injuries most commonly occur on the playground, during sports games, and while cycling. Contact sports like football are the most likely to lead to injury, especially serious ones such as traumatic brain injury.

Youth sports that have high rates of injuries include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Jet skiing
  • Running
  • Skateboarding, rollerblading, and roller skating
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming/diving
  • Volleyball

According to the National Safety Council, people aged five to 14 accounted for 50% of football injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2017. Regarding other organized sports, the same age group accounted for 45% of soccer injuries, 44% of baseball injuries, and 40% of lacrosse and rugby injuries treated that same year. Roughly 62% of such injuries happen during practice.

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If you have been injured in an auto collision or other accident and want to begin the process of recovering the financial compensation you deserve, contact our Tampa lawyers who serve clients throughout the state and country.

Schools, Organizations, Teachers & Coaches May Be Held Liable for Negligence

In the state of Florida, most parents and guardians are required to sign a liability waiver before their child can play a sport during a field trip, on their school’s team, or for an independent organization. However, signing a liability waiver does not necessarily mean you are then prevented from filing a personal injury claim. In fact, schools and independent teams cannot waive gross negligence under Florida law.

In the event an injury occurs due to a person or organization’s negligence, you can bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Some notable examples of negligence that may lead to a sports injury include:

  • Coaches encouraging reckless or dangerous behavior
  • Equipment malfunctions
  • Lack of adequate supervision
  • Lack of proper employee training
  • Playing field defects

Never assume that you are without legal options if your child suffered a serious injury while playing school sports. If you believe negligence factored into your child’s injuries, you should consult with a local attorney right away. Our legal team is here to help you understand your rights and options.

Recovering Compensation in a Florida Sports Injury Claim

When you file a personal injury lawsuit for a sports injury or accident in Florida, there are certain damages you can claim. “Damages” are a type of compensation that reimburses an accident victim for any losses they suffered related to their injuries. Damages can be economic, such as surgery and rehabilitation costs, or non-economic, such as compensation for any pain and suffering you have endured.

Damages you may be eligible to receive compensation for include (if applicable):

  • All medical expenses related to the accident, both past and future
  • Loss of companionship and consortium
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Lost wages
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Temporary or permanent disability
  • Wrongful death

These damages are meant to cover any accident-related losses suffered by both your injured child and yourself. No parent should have to worry about how they are going to afford their child’s medical treatment, so contact an attorney right away to determine if taking legal action is right for you.

Real People, Real Stories

  • A pitbull in the courtroom

    “Mr. Yerrid is an AV-rated "Superlawyer" with phenomenal trial skills in all types of serious injury and wrongful death matters. Although a pitbull in the courtroom, Mr. Yerrid is compassionate with his clients.”

    - Robert G.
  • Highly recommend

    “David is an extremely talented and effective trial attorney. I highly recommend him.”

    - Daniel M.
  • Anyone who hires him is in good hands

    “I have known Jeff for many years and have co-counseled personal injury cases with him. He is knowledgeable and tireless. Anyone who hires him is in good hands.”

    - Julian S.

Settlements & Verdicts

  • $330,000,000 Car Crash/Defective Product

    A drunk driver ran a stop sign and crashed into the side of the van killing a 13-year-old due to a seat belt product defect.

  • $216,800,000 Medical Malpractice

    Failure to diagnose cerebellar stroke patient presenting to an emergency department and unlicensed practice of medicine causing incomplete quadriplegic.

  • $64,500,000 Workplace Accident/Premises Liability - Contractor

    Worker installing prefabricated modular building suffered crushed pelvis and internal injuries due to contractor failure to prepare construction site.

  • $30,700,000 Insurance Bad Faith

    The insurer failed to timely settle an uninsured motorist claim that resulted in jury verdict of $30,700,000.

  • $15,252,742 Auto Accident

    Vehicle operated by defendant was traveling at a high rate of speed while under the influence, struck a curb, and traveled into the lanes of Plaintiff. Plaintiff suffered severe bodily injuries.

  • $15,000,000 Auto-Trucking Crash/Wrongful Death

    Husband and father of four killed when a locomotive frame came off the transport trailer and crashed into his vehicle resulting in immediate death.

  • $13,100,000 Auto-Trucking Crash/Wrongful Death

    Husband and father of four killed when a locomotive frame came off the transport trailer and crashed into his vehicle resulting in immediate death.

  • $8,000,000 Civil Engineering Malpractice

    Civil engineer failed to identify wetlands on plans causing construction to cease.


How Does The Yerrid Law Firm Stand Out From Other Personal Injury Firms?

We are client-focused and treat each person who walks through our door as an individual, not a case number. You will work directly with an actual personal injury attorney, not a faceless case manager who doesn’t even know your name.

At The Yerrid Law Firm, P.A., our Tampa personal injury lawyers provide reliable, results-driven advocacy to injured victims. If your child was injured while playing an organized sport in the Tampa area, we can help. From our Tampa office, we represent injured victims throughout Central Florida, including in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and beyond.

Call (888) 214-1442 or contact the firm onlineto discuss your legal options during a free consultation. Se habla Español.

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