Introducing your child to youth sports leagues is important to grow their relationships, encourage outdoor activities, and to provide an outlet for their seemingly boundless energy. As parents, we trust that the youth sports league is safe, and all officials in the team will always have the safety of the children in mind. Unfortunately, abuse occurs throughout youth sports and should be addressed as soon as possible. As soon as you become aware of abuse in youth sports, you should take steps to ensure that other parents are informed about the abuse and that the appropriate parties are held liable for their actions.
Youth Sports Abuse
Abuse in youth sports occurs more often than parents know. Youth sports leagues place coaches and team leaders in charge of every child’s safety. This means more than simply protecting the children from injuries during a game, but will also include abuse from adults they may encounter on and off the field.
Youth sports leagues and individual coaches or volunteers should be held liable for abuse that occurs by placing the child in a dangerous situation or by causing the abuse themselves. While the youth sports team members may not be directly liable for committing the abuse, they have allowed the abuse to occur and should be held accountable for this.
Child Abuse Claims
Child abuse claims may be made against the youth sports league, relevant coaches, assistants, or even volunteers. Parents entrust their children to these individuals for hours at a time in some situations. Placing a child in danger is often as bad as causing the child abuse themselves. While the abuser should be held criminally and civilly responsible for the resulting abuse, the sports league and coaches should be held responsible as well for causing the abuse to occur.
An experienced attorney will assist you in determining the appropriate parties who should be listed on the claim, as well as determining the amount of damages to include on the claim.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Child Abuse Attorney
If your child has been the victim of child abuse in youth sports, do not hesitate to contact Tony Malley of the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting families with their claims against youth sports leagues and related individuals stemming from instances of child abuse. Abuse in youth sports leagues can leave a traumatic and lasting impression on any child which will often follow them through adulthood. The appropriate parties who were responsible for the abuse or negligently caused the abuse to occur should be held liable for their actions. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.