A new legislation in New York aims to protect bowling alleys from slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall lawsuits. According to a report in the Albany Times-Union, the bill, sponsored by Senator Pat Gallivan, a Western New York Republican, would require bowling alleys to post signs warning patrons that it is dangerous to go out in bowling shoes. In return, the owners of these centers would be protected from personal injury lawsuits due to a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall caused by “a substance or material on the bowler’s bowling shoes that was acquired outside.”
Concerns about New Law
The legislation is in response to complaints from bowling alley owners who stated that they are being slapped with slip-and-fall lawsuits frequently. They have become more common particularly since New York’s indoor smoking ban took effect in 2003 with a greater number of people going outside to smoke. Since leather-soled bowling shoes can become wet and slippery, there is an increased risk of a fall and injury.
Trial lawyers have raised concerns about this legislation saying that it has a chilling effect on an individual’s right to sue. They believe that the legislation will grant broad protection to these businesses against personal injury lawsuits taking away an individual’s access to the civil justice system.
Compensation for Injured Victims
Injured victims of slip-and-fall accidents can seek compensation from the negligent property owner or manager for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, permanent injuries, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, treatment costs, past and future pain and suffering, etc.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of a slip-and-fall accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our law firm recovered $1,700,000 for a woman who slipped and fell and received no hospital or medical treatment for one month after the accident. Please call our offices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496) to discuss your slip-and-fall case or trip-and-fall injury or accident case. We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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Source: Albany Times-Union
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