Another New York School Sports Injury Lawsuit Dismissal Upheld on Appeal


Personal injury lawyers are often asked, "Can I sue?" I always answer, "Yes, of course." But the real question is whether the inquiring plaintiff will win and in school sports injury lawsuits the answer is almost always, "No way."

Time and again school kids are injured playing football, basketball, baseball and other sports in competition or just in gym class. And, too often, their parents, urged on by lawyers, end up suing school coaches and gym teachers on the theory that some obligation owed to the student was breached by the school personnel.

I say "too often" because most of these cases are dismissed before trial. And that's just what happened in the latest such case arising out of Pleasantville, New York - a bucolic village in Westchester County near the Hudson River established in 1695.

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