The Athletic Trainer & the Law: Minimizing the Risk of Legal Liability for Athletic Injuries


The Athletic Trainer & the Law: Minimizing the Risk of Legal Liability for Athletic Injuries

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$15 for members/$25 for nonmembers


Thursday, December 15, 2011


11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Central (Noon Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific)


This presentation will highlight ways in which athletic trainers can minimize the risk of becoming a defendant in a legal action following an athletic injury and ways athletic trainers may be able to better defend themselves should a case be filed against them.  It will focus on cases against athletic trainers, the claims that were made against them, and the applicable legal principles.  The presentation will also highlight specific ways in which athletic trainers can limit the risk of liability to themselves in the highly-evolving quick-moving field and related issues concerning the proper management of sport-related concussions, such as in areas of athlete testing, documentation of injuries, communications with the athlete, and education.


Steven Pachman, Esq., Montgomery McCracken, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Steve Pachman is a Partner in the Litigation Department of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based law firm, Montgomery McCracken.  He represents a number of multi-national companies and other major corporations in complex commercial litigation matters, product liability actions, contract disputes, and personal injury defense.

As part of Steve’s personal injury defense practice, Steve advises school officials and attorneys, risk managers, and athletic trainers, team physicians, and other health care professionals on institutional liability issues concerning sport-related concussions and other sports’ injuries.  Steve is a frequent speaker on legal matters concerning the proper management of sport-related injuries, and has authored a number of articles on the specific topic of how athletic trainers and other health care professionals can minimize their risk of legal liability for sport-related injuries.  Steve’s comments and opinions on related issues have been published by various news magazines and newspapers across the country.  Recently, Steve represented a Philadelphia-based university, an athletic trainer, and others in a high-profile, nationally-publicized lawsuit involving a catastrophically-injured football player who allegedly sustained a concussion and Second Impact Syndrome.  

Steve is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and graduated with highest distinction, summa cum laude.  He received his law degree from Temple University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was an editor on the Temple Law Review. 

Athletic Training Domain:

Organization and Administration

Professional Responsibility

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