Westminster, MD asked in Personal Injury for Maryland

Q: I got seriously injured playing in an adult rec sports league. I did not sign a waiver. The turf is old. Can I sue?

I tore my right Achilles just planting to shoot. Had surgery, but fell and reinjured so I'm still not walking. Work and life has been severely affected. I still cannot walk or drive and am in pain. I may never fully recover. The turf is 10 years old and may have been why I got hurt. No one asked me to sign a waiver, they just let me me show up and play.

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Ronald V. Miller Jr.
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A: You may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the organizers of the adult rec sports league. If the turf is old and its condition may have been the reason for your injury, the organizers may be liable for negligence. The fact that you were not asked to sign a waiver before participating in the league may strengthen your case.

But can you find a lawyer to bring that claim and medical experts to link your injury to the turf? It is possible. But I think both will be a challenge in most cases like this. The answer depends on the answer to a number of questions:

What were the specific circumstances surrounding your injury? How exactly was the turf the cause?

Where were you playing, what were the conditions of the field, and who else was involved in the game?

Were you aware of the age or condition of the turf prior to your injury? This is a huge issue. If you saw the defects - and how could you not - why did you continue to play?

What are the scope of the injuries?

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

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