When play turns to pain – getting the help you need.
It’s amazing how, in an instant, fun and games can turn to pain and suffering. Sports injuries, while never expected, are commonplace in the Atlanta area, throughout the state, and across the country.
Injuries from sports can be more than just an inconvenience. The cost to treat them can be exorbitant and the impact on the injured person considerable. If your sports injury was the result of negligence by a person or entity, you may be entitled to compensation. Identifying and engaging a seasoned sports injury lawyer in Atlanta should be at the top of your list of things to do.
Our Atlanta Sports Injury Attorneys Are Well-Positioned to Serve You
Understanding Why You Should Choose the Stoddard Firm
The moment an injury occurs, the sport that you or your family member was playing is no longer fun.
Sports injuries are painful and costly – at times they may even be life altering.
While anyone can have an accident while playing, quite often these injuries are the result of negligence. When this is the case, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to help compensate you for your damages.
Choosing the best firm to represent you throughout the legal process is important. Working with the right professionals can make a very real difference in both maximizing your settlement and minimizing your stress. The Stoddard Firm has become the firm of choice for sports injuries in and around Atlanta. Consider why.
We Know Personal Injury Law:Matthew Stoddard, our firm’s founder, has over 15 years of professional experience. After beginning his career defending corporations from personal injury and wrongful death cases, he made a change to protecting those who were injured. Every day Matthew leverages his past experience on behalf of his current clients. Under his guidance, The Stoddard Firm’s reputation for success is outstanding.
Local Experience Matters: Quite simply, knowledge is power, and the team at The Stoddard Firm has an established presence in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. This means they have first-hand experience with the attorneys, judges, and insurance companies in this area. We know what to expect and will use this to help build your case.
Proven Reputation for High-Quality, Hands-on Service: Sports injuries are personal and frustrating. When you are recovering and in the midst of the legal process, you don’t want to be “just another case.” We have purposefully kept our firm’s size small. We were founded on the belief that personal service and access to your attorney is critical for quality representation. We are always available for emergencies. Nothing speaks more strongly to this than our clients’ words.
Extensive Resources: Our smaller size does not diminish our capabilities. Our sports injury team is incredibly skilled, and we have access to the very best resources the industry offers, including top-notch investigators and qualified expert witnesses.
Skilled in Negotiating and Litigating: With an ultimate goal of maximizing your settlement, working with professionals who know how to negotiate creatively and litigate aggressively is critical. Our seasoned professionals possess these attributes and successfully leverage them on our clients’ behalf.
The ideal sports injury law firm is like a completed puzzle. At The Stoddard Firm we not only have all of the pieces, but we also know how to assemble them to help provide you with compassionate legal services while maximizing your settlement. Contact us today at 470-467-2200 to schedule a consultation.
What Our Sports Injury Attorneys Will Do for You
Understanding the Value We Bring to Your Situation
Whether you were injured playing a sport recreationally or you’re a professional athlete who was hurt “working,” we are ready to go to work for you. As you recover from your injury, the last thing you need is to be burdened by the day-to-day responsibilities associated with filing a personal injury lawsuit. Not only do you not have the time, but you also don’t have the knowledge and experience to manage it successfully. We do. When you engage our sports injury attorneys you can focus on yourself and your family while we manage the legal process, from beginning to end.
Listen to Your Story: Your perception of how you were injured is critical information. We need to know exactly what happened, the extent of your injuries, and the impact on your life. Our sports injury lawyers pay close attention to what you say, and we also ask important questions to better understand your situation.
Conduct an Investigation: We carefully and completely investigate your accident. Identifying how and why you were hurt is critical in determining how to move forward. Some sports injuries are the result of malfunctioning equipment, and we need to consider product liability law. Others are the result of dangerous facilities, leading us to consider premises liability. And finally, some may occur because of irresponsible, negligent coaching. We will interview first responders and witnesses and review any video or photos that captured your accident as you competed or practiced.
File Your Case: The paperwork accompanying a lawsuit is considerable. We will complete and file everything in a timely manner in accordance with the statute of limitations.
Determine Damages: Accounting for your losses is more challenging than it may appear. In addition to considering medical costs, you must also take into account any future treatment or care you may need. Additionally, if you were injured and are unable to work, you may be entitled to lost wages. This applies to both recreational athletes as well as professionals. Intangibles like pain and suffering must also be considered and quantified. Our team takes responsibility for this, ensuring all of your losses are identified and substantiated.
Assume Responsibility for All Communications: We will handle all communications for you, including negotiations. Simply forward any requests to speak with you to your sports injury attorney.
Represent You in Court: While we aim to settle sports injury lawsuits during the negotiation phase, we will not hesitate to litigate if we cannot reach a settlement with which you are satisfied.
Clearly, we handle everything so you don’t have to. We know that sports injuries are serious, and we are ready to go to work for you immediately.
Sports Injury Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions
What We Hear and How We Respond
If you’ve suffered a sports injury and have questions regarding the legal process, you are not alone. While the answers to some questions are situational, others can be responded to in a more general fashion. Below we have shared some of the concerns we often hear, along with our sports injury attorney’s responses.
If my son was injured, can I sue his baseball coach for negligence?
It depends upon the situation and the coach’s behavior, but sports coaches do have a duty to behave responsibly. Some examples of negligent coaching behavior include requiring an athlete to continue to play or practice beyond what is reasonable and keeping an injured player in a game. Your Atlanta sports injury lawyer can review your experience and help determine whether you have a possible case.
I tore my ACL on a seam in the turf while playing in an adult soccer league. Do I have recourse?
Yes, you may. The organization that rented the field space to your team is responsible for maintaining it appropriately. If they did not, your sports injury attorney can bring suit against them for damages.
Who can I sue for my sports injury?
The individual or entity responsible for sports injuries differs depending upon what happened. In general, the following can be held responsible: sports leagues, equipment manufacturers, coaches, property owners and even teammates or opponents. At the Stoddard Law Firm, we will carefully review the circumstances surrounding your injury to accurately identify the responsible party or parties.
I am a professional athlete and was injured. Do I have recourse?
Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may. A professional football player successfully sued his doctors and a major league baseball player filed a premises liability lawsuit when he was injured during practice. Our sports injury attorney can review what happened to you and advise you on moving forward.
How much will my settlement be?
It is impossible to quote a figure that will apply to everyone; settlements are personal and directly related to specific situations. That said, damages in sports personal injury lawsuits include both economic (medical costs, lost past and future wages) and non economic (pain and suffering) damages. Talk to your Atlanta brain injury lawyer to identify your losses and help you determine what you may expect to receive
Please reach out to our Atlanta sports injury attorneys at 470-467-2200 for answers to more specific questions.
Sports Injury Lawsuits Explained
Understanding When Your Injury Is More Than an Accident
Hundreds of thousands of people are injured each year while playing sports. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are serious. Some of the most common injuries reported include broken bones, sprained muscles and joint issues, cuts and bruises, concussions and spinal injuries.
While any of these injuries can be the result of a simple accident, many are caused by negligence.
Equipment failure, reckless coaching decisions and dangerous facilities are just a few of the reasons athletes get injured each and every day.
If someone you love has experienced a sports injury because of something like this, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Among those who may be held responsible are facility owners, maintenance companies, coaches, trainers, physicians, and equipment manufacturers.
Atlanta is a hotbed of sports activity. In addition to the incredible professional teams that call our city home, recreational sports for children, teens and adults are everywhere. Baseball, soccer, lacrosse, football, tennis and volleyball are just a few of the sports available to those who live in the area. While some of these may seem inherently more dangerous (like tackle football), injuries happen in every sport. Contact is not always the determining factor.
If you have been injured playing sports, reach out to our sports injury attorney today.
What To Do If You or a Loved One Is Injured
Getting injured while competing was likely out of your control, but there are things you can do to help with your sports injury lawsuit. Consider the following:
Stop playing and tell the coach.
Seek medical attention. If you do not need to go to an emergency room, visit your physician as soon as possible.
Obtain the names and numbers of individuals who saw the injury occur.
Obtain any videos or photos of the accident.
Document all damages.
Contact an established sports injury lawyer.
These actions can make a very real difference in how your sports injury case will go. The more information you have to share with your sports injury attorney, the better.
Contact the Sports Injury Lawyers at The Stoddard Firm Today
Take Action Immediately
Whether you are a professional athlete who sustained injuries during the course of your job, or an adult or child who plays recreationally, sports injuries can be overwhelming. When they are the result of negligent actions or inactions of others, they are even more devastating.
The cost of these accidents can be life changing — financially, physically and emotionally. Even seemingly minor injuries can have a very real impact.
If you have suffered an injury while playing a sport, reach out to the seasoned professionals at The Stoddard Firm. We know how to handle cases like this and appreciate the impact these injuries can have. Our team is ready to go to work for you immediately, helping you pursue compensation for your damages. Our ultimate goal is to maximize your settlement while minimizing your stress.
We have an outstanding reputation for doing both. Contact us today at 470-467-2200 to schedule a consultation. Let us help you plan for your future, today.
Attorney Matt Stoddard
Matt Stoddard is a professional, hardworking, ethical advocate. He routinely faces some of the nation’s largest companies and some of the world’s largest insurers – opponents who have virtually unlimited resources. In these circumstances, Mr. Stoddard is comfortable. Mr. Stoddard provides his strongest efforts to his clients, and he devotes the firm’s significant financial resources to presenting the strongest case possible on their behalf. Matt understands that his clients must put their trust in him. That trust creates an obligation for Matt to work tirelessly on their behalf, and Matt Stoddard does not take that obligation lightly. [ Attorney Bio ]
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