Skateboarding is a popular recreational for young people. While many skaters use skate parks or skate on their own property, a lot of skating still happens on the streets, sidewalks, public spaces, and private property. Minor scrapes and bruises are part of learning how to be a better skater. However, falling the wrong way or hitting your head on a rail can cause serious injury, including facial and head trauma.
When someone is injured in a skateboarding accident, others may be quick to blame the skater but the property owner may actually be liable for the injuries. If you or your child was injured in a skateboarding accident and you have questions about who will pay for the medical bills, contact your skateboarding accident attorney.
Skateboarding Injury Study
“Injuries to the Head and Face From Skateboarding: A 10-Year Analysis From National Electronic Injury Surveillance System Hospitals” was published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The study was conducted by medical students at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
The study reviewed skateboard-related head and face injuries from 2009 to 2018. According to the study, the purpose was to “estimate the incidence of patients presenting to emergency departments (EDs) as a result of facial trauma sustained from skateboarding.”
Of those suffering head and facial trauma, the vast majority were male (85.9%), with an average age of 16. The most common type of fractures include:
- Unspecified skull fractures (31%)
- Nasal fractures (29%)
- Mandibular fractures (18%)
The most common causes of injury were falling off a skateboard while riding, followed by collisions with a motor vehicle.
The authors of the study concluded that the number of facial trauma injuries during skateboarding, combined with the neurological consequences of facial fractures, suggest injury prevention programs and more aggressive helmet use may be necessary to address the problem.
Skateboarding Still Popular and Helmet Use Mixed
Skateboarding started to become popular in the 1960s. Skateboarding in the U.S. may have peaked around the early 2000s but continues to be popular today. According to one estimate, the number of people who participate in skateboarding in the U.S. has remained relatively consistent over the past decade, with approximately 6.5 million participants in skateboarding in the U.S. in 2018.
Unfortunately, helmet use is not always popular with skaters. In San Diego County, from 2013 to 2015, of the skateboarding accidents involving a traumatic brain injury (TBI), only 9% of the skaters were wearing a helmet.
Helmets are often required in skateboard parks but many riders still do not use them. Younger children are more likely to be wearing helmets while skateboarding, usually at the insistence of parents. However, as kids get older, enforcing helmet use is more difficult.
Skateboarding and Head Injuries
Skateboarding head injuries can cause serious damage and will likely lead to expensive medical bills, require accommodations and round-the-clock care. If the injury occurred on someone's property or the accident was caused by a driver, you may have a legal claim for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney to help you determine if you have a claim. You should not have to suffer due to someone else's negligence. Do not hesitate to call Gilman & Bedigian today for a free consultation.