ATHLETIC LIABILTY PREVENTION. Tools to Protect Students, Your District, Your Program and Your Career Raymond A. Roberts Loss Control Consultant Washington Schools Risk Management Pool. OBJECTIVES. Review Legal and Social Aspects of Athletics
Tools to Protect Students, Your District, Your Program and Your Career
Raymond A. Roberts
Loss Control Consultant
Washington SchoolsRisk Management Pool
Kirk was injured during a cheerleading practice, the squad was practicing shoulder stands and Kirk fell to the Astroturf. She landed with her full weight on her left elbow, shattering three bones in the elbow and injured her ankle. The elbow injury was permanent.
The jury found the defendants negligent for :
Failure to provide adequate training
Failure to provide adequate supervision
Failure to provide adequate coaching
Failure to provide safety padding
Failure to provide a warning regarding the hardness of the surface
Failure to provide adequate literature on safe methods
Common Problem Areas:
If you can’t see them, you’re not supervising them !
Junior High wrestling Coach Bob is getting complaints from a parent that his son should not have to wrestle with female wrestlers, even in practice. Since the parent has repeatedly come in during the practices and yells at his son, the female wrestlers and the coaches, Bob asks the parent to stop coming in.
Angry parent comes in anyway. Not wanting to embarrass the wrestler, Coach Bob walks out of the gym with the parent, leaving the team with instructions to work on take downs.
Coach Bob’s Assistant Coach is out ill today.
The wrestlers do as instructed. Unfortunately, the aggressive 130 pound sophomore convinces a reluctant 240 pound senior to go for a round.
Coach Bob comes back in to find the sophomore screaming and his leg weird angle.
WHAT SHOULD COACH BOB DO NEXT?WHAT ARE COACH BOB’S LIABILITY EXPOSURES?WHAT ARE THE DISTRICT’S LIABILTY EXPOSURES?
WHAT STEPS COULD BE TAKEN TO PREVENT THESE EVENTS?
Recommended records to save:
During a baseball game, a 15-year old slid head-first into home plate sustaining a neck fracture, which resulted in quadriplegia. Plaintiff claimed defendant negligently failed to provide an ongoing safety program to teach safe sliding techniques and to warn of the dangers of head-first sliding.
Settlement for $2 million
A 14-year old student suffered quadriplegic injuries during a football tackling drill.
The tackling drill positioned a tackler and a ball carrier 10 to 12 yards apart, run at full speed, straight ahead at each other.
The plaintiff who was the carrier, had never been taught how to carry the ball. Both players were known by coaches as hard hitters.
All players and the coaches watched in anticipation of the hit.
Settlement for $6,250,000
Raymond A. Roberts, ARM, SCLA, CPSI
Washington Schools Risk Management Pool
P.O. Box 88700, Tukwila, WA 98138
Phone:(206) 394-9719 or (206) 459-8198