If your child actively participates in recreational sports, then you know there is always the potential for an accident to occur. They could slip on the soccer field or take a hard hit to the head during a football game. The fact is, as beneficial as it is for kids and teens to stay physical and engage in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, sports can also be rather risky and lead to a child sustaining a serious injury. Did you know that every year, approximately 2.7 million young individuals are treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. for sports-related injuries [Source: Stanford Children’s Health]?
While some injuries are easily identifiable as you might see a bump or bruise develop, others aren’t. Take for instance internal abdominal injuries. Although these types of injuries aren’t common, it is important that you know what signs and symptoms to look out for in the event your child is injured while playing a sport or involved in an accident that may have occurred during practice or a game to ensure they receive the necessary medical attention to prevent the injury from worsening.
What are some examples of internal abdominal injuries?
- Kidney injury. Your young athlete may have sustained a kidney injury if they experience flank pain, which is pain in their upper back or abdomen and sides, or they have blood appear in their urine.
- Spleen injury. Your child or teen might experience pain in their upper left side of their abdomen if they suffered a spleen injury. It is important that if they complain of pain in this area that you get them checked out immediately as “the tearing of the spleen can cause rapid and life-threatening internal bleeding.”
- Liver injury. Someone who suffers a liver injury might experience pain in the upper right side of their abdomen. Stanford Children’s Health states that although the liver has two lobes, the right lobe is the one that is injured most often because “it is bigger and presses against the rib cage.”
Some other signs and symptoms you should look out for that might indicate your child athlete may have suffered an internal abdominal injury include:
- Abdominal pain
- Tenderness over the area that was injured
- Rigid abdomen
- Left arm and shoulder pain
- Ride-sided abdominal pain and right shoulder pain
- Cold, sweaty skin
- Nausea or vomiting
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Rapid pulse
- Bluish discoloration of the belly
While most of the injuries young athletes sustain occur as a result of simply playing the game, there are times when an individual can be held accountbale for your child getting hurt. If someone intentionally attempts to injure your child during a sports game or their coach fails to provide them with equipment and gear that helps prevent an injury, you may be able to hold them accountable for the pain and suffering your child has had to endure.
Therefore, if you suspect that your young athlete suffered an internal injury or any other type from an accident that occurred as a result of someone else’s careless behavior, you are encouraged to consult with an accident lawyer in Los Angeles, CA to find out what forms of action you can take to hold them accountable. The fact is, no parent ever wants to see their child suffering from any type of accident and a negligent person who brought upon this pain and suffering shouldn’t be able to walk away without being held responsible for their behavior.
So, if you are interested in learning more about what your legal rights are as a parent and what steps you should take, contact the Los Angeles, CA accident attorneys at The Ledger Law Firm.
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