Sustained a sport injury? If you believe it was caused by the negligence of a property owner, you may be entitled to file a personal liability lawsuit for premises injuries. Sports and recreation facilities allow for opportunities to participate in organized sports and other physical activities.
Yet there remains a risk of injury. According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC), every day in the United States, more than 10,000 individuals require treatment in an emergency room because of a sports injury.
Although many injuries that occur at a sports or recreation facility are related to the sport or physical activity itself, some may be caused by negligence of a property owner at one of these facilities. This may lead to compensation through a lawsuit.
Liability for a Sport Injury Caused by Property Owner’s Negligence
In order to connect an injury to the negligence of a property owner, you would need to prove that it was his or her actions (or lack thereof) that caused it to happen. For instance, let’s say you were working out at a local fitness center and suffered a back injury when a piece of equipment broke.
If it’s discovered that the equipment was not properly maintained, it may lead to the owner held liable. The case could be stronger if it’s also found that the owner knew of the problem with the equipment but failed to correct it, or did not correct it properly. Of course, if the problem was because of a defect in the design or manufacture of the product, the manufacturer may be responsible.
Another example may be an individual swimming at a local pool. If the individual slips and falls around the pool after running around the edges, ignoring ‘Do Not Run’ warnings, the facility may not be considered liable. But if the individual slips in a lobby where there were no posted warnings of a wet floor, the owner may be liable if the facility was aware of the wet floor or should have been aware of it.
A sport injury can be the result of poorly maintained equipment, failure to provide proper safety gear/equipment, failure to follow safety standards, improper supervision, and other types of negligence. Discuss the circumstances with an attorney, who can handle the case and its various aspects, such as premises liability interrogatories.
Colorado Law Pertaining to Landowner Liability
These types of cases can be challenging to prove, especially since some sports and recreational activities–like football, hockey, diving, and horseback riding–have inherent dangers. You would need to show that the injury or death was not the result of the inherent risks of the actual sport or activity, but careless or reckless actions of the owner.
If this can be shown, you may be entitled to compensation.
Damages can address your:
- medical bills;
- lost income;
- pain and suffering; and
- mental anguish.
Seeking Help from a Colorado Personal Injury Attorney
Contact D.J. Banovitz at 303-300-5060 if you would like to file a personal injury lawsuit based on premises liability. Interrogatories and other pieces of evidence will be important to clarify the facts of your case when filing a claim following a serious sport injury.