Were you or someone you are close to injured during an athletic competition? You may have a cause of action against the party who caused it if that person was reckless. To show someone was reckless, you may consider the following factors (among others):

  • The specific game involved
  • The ages of the participants
  • The degree of zest with which the game was played
  • The types of risks inherent in the game and outside the realm of reasonable anticipation
  • The game’s rules or customs 
  • The presence or absence of protective uniforms or equipment

Liability in Missouri Sports Injury Cases

Thus, to make your case after a sports injury in Missouri, you must show a basis for the defendant’s duty to act; the omission or commission by the defendant that involves recklessness; and resulting injury from the defendant’s actions. If you were not harmed by another participant in a sporting event, you still may have a negligent or intentional tort claim against a third party, such as the sport’s sponsor. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Sports Injury Lawsuit?

You have five years to file a lawsuit for an action brought for a sports-related injury in Missouri pursuant to R.S.Mo. 516.120. However, evidence in these cases may be lost with each passing day, so it is vital to seek the advice of an injury attorney as soon as possible. Simply fill out the online contact form on this page or call our office today to set up your free initial consultation.