We Help Victims of Recreational & Sports Injuries

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Sports and recreational activities are a terrific way for many people to exercise, make friends and have fun. Unfortunately, they can also lead to serious injuries. Many well-publicized cases have highlighted the dangers of concussions for football players and other athletes. Accidents involving recreational vehicles can be just as dangerous as car crashes. In an instant, something that was supposed to be fun turns into a life-changing, traumatic event. After a recreational accident, you need a personal injury lawyer on your side.

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NLE Law has extensive experience advocating for victims of injury, and recreational injury cases are a huge part of our practice. Our law firm was one of the driving forces behind the Zackery Lystedt Law, a groundbreaking return-to-play law that protects young athletes from traumatic brain injuries. We have the experience to handle long, complex injury cases, and we'll be there with you from start to finish.

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, there may be several different parties held responsible for your injury. When accidents happen at school-sponsored events, the school system may be liable (legally responsible). You may be able to file a premises liability claim against the owner of the facility where the injury happened, or a product liability claim against the manufacturer of a defective vehicle or equipment. As with a car accident, you may have a personal injury case against the operator of a recreational vehicle involved in a collision.

Our experienced attorneys know how to review complex cases and find the compensation that an injured person needs to move forward. We plan every case with our client's entire lifetime in mind, especially when the victim is a child. That means finding compensation for long-term care, therapy and education in addition to the immediate costs associated with medical treatment.

If you or your child has been hurt in a sports or recreational accident, contact us right away. We'd be honored to discuss your case and help you understand your legal rights. We'll put our resources and experience to work to make you whole again.

Sports Injuries

Some injuries are unavoidable while playing team sports, but coaches and athletic trainers are responsible for taking steps to minimize the damage. Many of the cases we've handled involve "second impact syndrome" - that is, an athlete who had already suffered a concussion was sent back out to play and suffered a second concussion. While rare, second impact syndrome can be deadly and has serious long-term consequences for survivors.

NLE Law has been on the forefront of preventing traumatic brain injuries suffered by young athletes for years, including our groundbreaking representation in the Zackery Lystedt case. If you or your child suffered a serious injury while playing sports, we can help.

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ATV Accidents

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are becoming increasingly popular on many courses and trails in the Puget Sound area and statewide. Unfortunately, these high-speed vehicles can be involved in serious accidents. Much like motorcyclists, ATV riders are vulnerable to serious injury because their vehicles do not have enclosed bodies as passenger cars do. It's not uncommon for ATV riders to sustain injuries to the head, neck or spine, even when they wear protective gear.

ATV accidents can lead to complex cases. Depending on the circumstances of your crash, you may have a case against the owner of the course or trail where you were injured, or a product liability claim against the manufacturer of a defective ATV. Our attorneys know how to handle these types of long, involved injury cases, and we'll go to work to help you keep moving forward.

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Boating Accidents 

Boating is a popular summer activity throughout the Puget Sound area, and most boaters are safe, responsible operators. However, accidents can and do happen on the water just as they happen on land. You may have been involved in a collision involving an intoxicated operator or hurt due to defective safety equipment. You may have hit your head and suffered a brain or neck injury while in cramped quarters on board.

Accidents that happen on the water are at least as dangerous as those that happen on the road - and getting medical help afterward can be a challenge. The experienced attorneys at NLE Law know how to handle these complex cases and hold the person responsible for your accident accountable. We're here to help you navigate your injury claim and be made whole again.

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Winter Sports

Skiing, snowboarding and riding snowmobiles are all popular pastimes here in Washington during the winter months. Every one of those activities carries some risk of injury. You may have been hurt in a fall or by crashing into an object that was difficult to see due to the conditions. Accidents involving these winter activities can lead to long-term, debilitating injuries such as broken bones and brain injuries.

Injury claims arising from winter accidents may involve the owner or caretaker of a course, the manufacturer of dangerous or defective equipment, or another operator who failed to adjust to the conditions to keep others safe. If you have a complicated injury case, we're the law firm you need to call. NLE Law will go to work with your entire recovery process in mind to help you start moving forward again.

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