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Hockey Hits – Are They Part of the Game or Criminal Assault?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Violence in hockey is nothing new, but one family is attempting to take steps to eradicate this dangerous part of the sport. According to this Yahoo Sports article, Massachusetts family is seeking to have charges of assault and battery brought against a teenager who delivered a dangerous hit to their son during a hockey game.

The article states that, high school senior Tucker Hannon suffered dramatic effects following the physical blow.  In fact, Hannon missed the final two weeks of his high school hockey career, suffering from post-concussion syndromes, and he was forced to miss five weeks of school to avoid direct light, which can exacerbate the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.

This case is believed to be first attempt to criminalize an amateur hockey hit, but criminal charges have been filed against professional hockey players for particularly violent conduct.  For instance, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was recently subjected to a criminal investigation following a body check he delivered to a Montreal Canadiens opponent.

Recent medical studies have shown that body-checking in hockey is responsible for a significant number of concussions.  One study showed that, in leagues that allow body checking is allowed for 11- and 12-year-olds, an estimated 700 concussions occur each season.  Other reports have shown that kids who play hockey on teams that allow body-checking are three times more likely to sustain a concussion and other serious injuries than those who play in leagues that do not allow body-checking.

Hockey players – especially young hockey players are advised to take a number of precautions to prevent hockey-related head injuries, including”

  • Wearing proper equipment, such as shoulder pads and helmets
  • Instituting heftier fines for unnecessary hits and
  • Staying out of the game until the hockey player can be evaluated by a medical professional for a concussion or other head injury

If you or someone you love has suffered a hockey head injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.  The Chicago hockey head injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC have considerable experience representing athletes who are the victims of sports-related injuries, including football head injuries and hockey head injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered a hockey head injury, contact the Chicago hockey head injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible cause of action to obtain compensation for football head injuries.

Categories: Personal Injury