Do we have a case if my son and 2 others hospitalized after coach overworked them during practice because of bad performance?

Many others complain of soreness days after.

Asked on September 1, 2016 under Personal Injury, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You don't appear to have a case, unfortunately: while the coach's behavior may have been wrong, your son could have refused to keep practicing or exercising when he became sore, exhausted, etc. (Even though a coach could try to throw him off the team for that, that is the most he could have done; and you, as his parent, could have taken the matter to the school or district administration, or to the league if a non-school team, to protest or overturn it. Your son was not physically forced to continue, presumably.) Because he voluntarily kept going, the coach and/or league or school is not liable for any injury he suffered from working too hard. That's not to say you shouldn't complaint to whomever this coach's supervisors are, but you do not appear to have a viable lawsuit.

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