Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard filed a personal injury lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in connection with a slip-and-fall accident in a locker room last month that left her with a concussion and unable to compete in the U.S. Open tennis tournament. According to an Associated Press news report, the 21-year-old Bouchard had just played in a mixed doubles match the night of Sept. 4 when she returned to the locker room at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.
Injuries and Damages
Minutes later, she slipped and fell on the tile floor of a physiotherapy room inside the locker room, slamming her head against the ground, the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn states. The fall left Bouchard with a concussion and a serious head injury, which caused her to withdraw from the U.S. Open and other tournaments in China and Japan. The suit states Bouchard slipped and fell on a “foreign and dangerous substance on the floor,” but the substance was not identified in court papers.
Bouchard is seeking unspecified damages. Bouchard said her injuries were caused by negligence and carelessness on USTA’s part and that the organization failed to keep the locker room safe for players and did not properly maintain and clean the floor, causing her slip-and-fall accident. She also said her world ranking dropped significantly, at least by 13 places and is likely to decline further because of the related injuries that prevent her from competing.
Head Injuries and Falls
Head injuries or traumatic brain injuries are caused by a blow or other trauma to the head or the body. The degree of damage can depend on several factors including the nature of the incident and the force of impact. Falls are the most common cause of head injuries. Falling out of bed, slipping in the bath, falling down steps or ladders and other types of falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury overall.
When an individual falls and hit his or her head against the ground or some other object, a concussion may occur. This is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way the brain functions. Effects may be temporary, but they may include headaches, trouble concentrating, loss of consciousness and issues with memory, balance and coordination. Every concussion injures the brain to some extent. It takes time and rest for a concussion to heal. While most people tend to recover from the effects of concussions, recent research shows that concussions can also cause long-term brain damage.
Key Liability Issues
In any slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident case, it is important to determine who the potentially liable parties are and if those parties were negligent by causing or failing to prevent the slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident. In order to hold another party responsible for injuries sustained in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, an injured person must prove that a dangerous condition existed and that condition, which was left unattended by the property owner and/or property manager, caused the accident, resulting in injuries and losses to the victim.
There are also other questions that must be raised in order to ascertain the facts of the case. Did the hazardous condition exist long enough for a reasonable expectation that a property owner and/or property manager should have taken action and eliminated the slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall danger? Did the property owner and/or property manager keep up with the maintenance of the premises? Was poor lighting or limited visibility a factor in the accident?
Compensation for Injured Victims
Anyone who has been negligently injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property can seek compensation for his or her losses by filing a premises liability lawsuit. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. For over 45 years, our skilled accident attorneys have a proven track record of helping injured victims as well as securing fair compensation for their losses. 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.
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Source: Associated Press
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