Documentation can lead to gold medal success
In the event your club is faced with an accident that results in a claim being filed against your insurance, how well you document events is critical in helping a claims manager address liability issues.
In Herb Appenzeller’s book, Risk Management in Sport – Issues and Strategies, Second Edition, the following several key points address the sports facility risk management documentation process:
- Keeping good records is essential – in court, it helps demonstrate safety inspections were done or what preventive maintenance was performed
- Be diligent and thorough in regards to documentation related to an incident
- Know the statute of limitation, or the length of time an injured individual has in which to initiate a law suit in your jurisdiction. Maintain all records at least until it expires.Especially in the case of an injury to a minor, the time can be much longer.
- Develop a good system for organizing and cataloging all records associated with an incident, even if it occurred several years ago.
- Appenzeller, Herb. Risk Management in Sport – Issues and Strategies, Second Edition. Carolina Press Company. Durham, NC. 2005
- Gymnastics Risk Management Safety Course Handbook, 2013 Edition (Revised 2014). USA Gymnastics, Inc., Indiana. 2013
- Martens,Rainer. Successful Coaching, Third Edition. Human Kinetics. 2004