Personal Injury Caused to Boston Area Youth Soccer Player Not Covered by Insurance says Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

This is the first of a two part Blogpost,which looks at a Boston area personal injury case where the insurer avoided payment for an accident involving a youth soccer player injured by a goal post.


In this recent appellate decision, a participant in a Sudbury youth soccer program who suffered a personal injury as the result of an accident in which a metal goal post flipped over onto him during a team practice cannot sue for any alleged negligence arising from the improper placement of the posts. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a Superior Court decision that a Massachusetts Statute, G.L. c. 231, s. 85V, protected the non-profit association from such suits. 

soccer posts.jpgThe Plaintiff was a twelve year old who in April, 1998, was a participant in a program run by the Sudbury Youth Soccer Association, Inc. His team practiced and played games on a field in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The association had acquired metal goal posts and nets that were used for both practices and organized matches. Welch was injured when a goal post flipped over, striking and fracturing his right leg.
The Plaintiff filed an action against the Sudbury association in 2006, alleging it had negligently failed to maintain the goal posts in a safe and secure condition, and to warn him of the danger that existed if the goal posts were not properly anchored to the ground. Welch further alleged that he was seriously injured as a result of the association’s careless and negligent conduct.

The association sought to dismiss the claim on the basis that they were immune from suit under G.L. c 231, s. 85V, which specifically governs the tort liability of a nonprofit association conducting a sports program, and a Superior Court judge agreed and dismissed the case. The Plaintiff appealed and the SJC transferred the case.

Welch v. Sudbury Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

(This Blog will be continued in a future posting)

The above information is provided by Boston Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer, Keith L. Miller, a Boston, Massachusetts civil trial lawyer, specializing in the legal representation of individuals who believe that they have been injured as the result of the negligence of others and have been involved in all types of accidents causing personal injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident where you believe someone else is at fault, contact Keith L. Miller to arrange a free consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week either by telephone at (617) 523-5803, or click here to send him an email. You will be contacted within 24 hours.