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Premises liability sports alert: A child is hurt every 25 seconds

Those kids playing touch football in someone's backyard or shooting hoops in front of a neighborhood garage may represent an impending injury. Most New Jersey parents are glad to see their kids getting involved in athletic and sports activities, as they well should be. Parents should, however, be on the lookout for situations on theirs and other homeowners' properties that can lead to injuries and potential premises liability issues.

A recent study showed that 1.35 million kids, up to age 19, ended up in hospital emergency rooms last year from sports-related accidents. Included in the top of the list of ER-admission kids' sports injuries were fractures, contusions, and concussions. According to a non-profit safe-kids advocacy group, 20 percent of all ER admissions for kids and teens are for sports-related injuries.

Basketball is 'the winner' with regard to garnering the largest number of injuries suffered, with football coming in second. Football accounts for the highest number of concussion injuries. Overall, a kid gets hurt in a sports-related activity every 25 seconds with almost half of those injuries involving children between the ages of 12 and 15.

Although there is always a chance of a child suffering an injury while they're on someone's property, it's easy to see how certain sports-related activities can raise the odds of that happening. All New Jersey homeowners have a duty to do everything possible to minimize the chances of an injury occurring while someone is on their property. If either an adult or a child is injured on someone's property, it may be due to negligence or unsafe conditions, and compensation for pain, suffering, and medical expenses may be obtained through a successful premises liability personal injury claim.

Source: natureworldnews.com, "Children Suffer Sport Injuries Every 25 Seconds: Football, Basketball Most Dangerous," Isabel Alface, Aug. 6, 2013

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