Millions of children and teenagers in the U.S. participate organized soccer
leagues. These may be operated by independent organizations or afterschool
athletic programs. However, there is a commonly overlooked safety hazard
associated with playing soccer that could put your child at risk of being
injured or killed.
A portable soccer goal may cause a catastrophic injury or death if it is
not firmly anchored to the ground. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) estimates that 200 children per year are injured during
tip-over accidents involving these heavy objects. Soccer goals can easily
tip over because they are top-heavy and can weigh up to 400 pounds.
Anchored for Safety, an organization started by the parents of a child
who died from a soccer goal tip-over accident, have
published CPSC records on why these tragedies can occur. In some cases, strong gusts of wind
can topple soccer goals. Other accidents occurred when these objects were
being moved. Children have also suffered
catastrophic injuries or death after climbing on soccer goals.
The CPSC records also show what types of injuries are caused by these accidents.
There are several instances where victims suffered
brain injuries and permanent mental impairment. In addition, the records also show instances of
spinal cord injuries and damage to internal organs.
Who Could be Liable for Soccer Goal Post Accidents?
There are multiple guidelines released by the CPSC and soccer league organizations
that can help prevent tip-over accidents. Portable soccer goals should
always be anchored with sandbags, metal stakes or other effective counterweights.
Children should always be supervised around these objects.
Athletic departments and soccer leagues should know that soccer goals can
pose an imminent safety hazard to children and adolescents. There are
published records of accidents involving soccer goals that span several
decades. In cases where children are not supervised or goals are not anchored,
these parties may be held liable for injuries or deaths.
Washington DC personal injury attorneys
at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC have decades of combined experience helping
victims of negligence.